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Listening for a Change: Oral History & Appalachian Heritage

June 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - June 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


ListeningAnnouncementWeekJune2015Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage – a week-long, all-day class beginning with supper Sunday and running all week

Fall in love with the thrill of a good tale. Open up to a Week in the Allegheny Highlands.
These rugged mountains have nurtured a rich and vibrant culture that resonates in its oral traditions. Learn to document life stories and community experience through the art of deep listening. This course will explore techniques for seeking out and recording oral testimonials.

Learn the tools and techniques of folklife documentation. Appreciate West Virginia spoken arts. Students should come with audio recorders and cameras. This course is open to anyone wanting to broaden their appreciation for the richness of local life by exploring the vibrancy of folklore and the oral tradition.

Apply by May 17: $195; Early bird discount: Apply by April 19: $185
Payments are due within a week of acceptance.
$10 off for each friend you bring
Workshop opens Sunday night 5:00 PM and runs 10:00 AM-5:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Hosted by Michael and Carrie Kline of Talking Across the Lines, www.folktalk.org

New Skills

Learn new levels of listening.
Make connections with people from diverse cultural perspectives.
Develop interviewing skills to record life stories.
Learn technical details for producing broadcast quality field recordings.
Learn to recognize and experience varied flavors of regional culture.

Apply this class to coursework or professional development in fields such as Folklore, Anthropology, Communications, English, History, American Studies, Social Work, Planning, Law, Biology, Geology, Education, Economics, Health and Healing, Hospice, Environmental Studies, Psychology, Theology, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Journalism, and Tourism.

Instructors Michael and Carrie Kline, folklorists, audio producers, singers and guitar players, met through a mutual love for the spoken word
and song. Their production company, Talking Across the Lines: Worldwide Conversations, has documented both individual narratives and interwoven expression of broad communities.

The Klines are experienced at teaching deep listening, oral history and Appalachian heritage. They are seasoned audio producers and public
folklorists. Their courses have attracted students from various disciplines and professionals of all kinds, including social workers and
carpenters, educators, museum directors, and life-long learners.


June 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
June 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Talking Across the Lines


The home of Michael and Carrie Kline
114 Boundary Ave
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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