University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Fran Leeper Buss

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Fran Leeper Buss, a former welfare recipient who earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Arizona, has become a pioneer in the field of oral history. She has for 40 years dedicated herself to the goal of collecting the stories of marginal and working-class U.S. women. "Memory, Meaning, and Resistance" is based on over 100 oral histories gathered from women from a variety of racial, ethnic and geographical backgrounds, including a traditional Mexican American midwife, a Latina poet and organizer for the United Farm Workers and an African American union and freedom movement organizer. Buss now analyzes this body of work, identifying common themes in women’s lives and resistance that unite the oral histories she has gathered.

From the beginning, her work has shed light on the inseparable, compounding effects of gender, race, ethnicity and class on women’s lives--what is now commonly called intersectionality. "Memory, Meaning, and Resistance" is structured thematically, with each chapter analyzing a concept that runs through the oral histories, e.g., agency, activism, and religion. The result is a testament to women’s individual and collective strength, and an invaluable guide for students and researchers, on how to effectively and sensitively conduct oral histories that observe, record, recount and analyze women’s life stories.

Buss has published four oral histories and a novel, "Journey of the Sparrows." The original transcripts of her oral history interviews are housed at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

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Scheduled events:
Workshop: Oral History: Saving Memories and Meaning
Resources for learning how to do oral histories concentrating on two issues: 1) how people remember and in the process interpret their lives and 2) how they express their experiences in a way most meaningful to them. Designed for both beginners and those with experience. Assistive listening devices available.

Integrated Learning Center Room 151 (Seats 28, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Fran Leeper Buss
Stories of Resistance
Stories of the strength, resilience and persistence of working class people struggling against the odds including indigenous women fighting for tribal rights, women labor organizers, peace activists, Latina midwives and people living in border communities.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Fran Leeper Buss, Katrina Jagodinsky, Oscar Martínez
Moderator: Elizabeth Kennedy

Memory, Meaning, and Resistance
History / Biography
University of Michigan Press
October 2017
ISBN 9780472053599
Paperback, 226 pages
$24.95, INSTORE
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A pioneering oral historian analyzes recurring themes in the lives of poor and working-class women

Journey of the Sparrows
History / Biography
April 2009
ISBN 9780142302095
Paperback, 160 pages
$6.99, INSTORE
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