When I first came into the SIS Oral History class, I had little idea of what to expect. I expected to come away with a respect for oral stories, and that I might even learn how to go about listening for them thoughtfully.
More than 175 people attended the virtual intergenerational Youth Power Solidarity Meetup that took place on May 20, 2020. I enjoyed participating in this experience with my maternal grandmother, Eileen Cooper-Reed, and my paternal grandmother, Marsha Swann, who joined remotely from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oxon Hill, Maryland, respectively.
To say that this is an interesting time we’re in would be an understatement. I’ve never been one to watch the news, although I do try to keep up with what’s going on in the world. I haven’t been watching the news during this pandemic by choice in order to protect my mental health.
The age, 65, is an arbitrary age derived by German actuaries for insurance purposes. In first encounters, age is one of the earliest markers It is not true that older adults are, by definition, bad drivers.
I remember watching her walk back and forth past the window. She walked with a limp at a steady pace, her eyes were wide and low, and she spoke to voices only she could hear. Occasionally she would laugh to herself, and smile a toothless grin.
Please give me your name, birthplace, age and whatever else you want to share. My name is ________. I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and lived there until I was about ten years old. I moved to Concord, North Carolina with my mom and have lived there since I came to Atlanta for college. … Continue reading Peer Interview Script: Danielle Mitchell
As the world navigates the unprecedented spread of a new, supposedly “non-discriminating” disease, it proves worthwhile to mine those instances throughout history in which epidemics and/or pandemics have shaken the world (or portions of it) to excavate what lessons they may harbor for this present moment.
There is sadness in her eyes. Her voice quivers as she speaks. She sleeps to escape reality. As the coronavirus sweeps the nation, she is depressed. She does not get up in the morning. She does not want to look outside.
As I walk down my driveway, I see her sitting and soaking in the sun. Relaxed. Although there is pollen in the air, she seems perfectly comfortable as if there were some protective shield around her.
Information from books and journals and stories from interviews with peers were required sources for the research paper, Ageism: What It Means, Whom It Hurts, and Why It Thrives.