April 18 event to highlight oral history collections of Ebola and COVID-19 experiences POSTPONED

The following event has been postponed from its original April 18 date. The event will be moving to an all-virtual format with details to follow.


The Oral History Program at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library will hold a panel discussion and view videos from a recently acquired collection that documents the Ebola outbreak in Africa as well as the program’s own burgeoning archive of COVID-19 pandemic stories.

“Documenting Health Crises: Oral Histories of Covid and Ebola” will be held as an all virtual event with details to follow

Please register here to attend.

The program will include a discussion on the intersection of oral history and health, and how narrative resources amplify individual stories and shared experiences. Panelists will reflect on using first-person interviews and oral history methods to document the impact of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clips from the collections will highlight people’s stories of resilience, adaptation, and struggle while living through health crises. The goal of the program is to explore these collections, discuss methods and practice, and reflect on how oral history builds bridges across disciplines and fields.

Rose Library recently acquired the collection of documentary videos from Mirabel Pictures that features interviews with survivors and family members of the victims of the West Africa Ebola outbreak from 2014 to 2016. The library is preparing a finding aid for the Mirabel Pictures WeSurvive Oral History Collection, which will be posted in its finding aids listing when it is complete.

The Emory Oral History Program has been recording interviews with members of the Emory community to document people’s experiences during COVID-19 pandemic. The stories include narratives of loss and resilience as people adapted to a changing world.

The panel speakers are:

  • Pamela Scully, professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies at Emory University
  • Banker White, executive director, Mirabel Pictures/WeOwnTV
  • Arthur Pratt, filmmaker, manager, WeOwnTV Freetown Media Centre
  • Jonathan Coulis, coordinator, Emory Oral History Program

The event is co-sponsored by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library at Emory University.

Related links:

Emory Oral History Program