Advice for Interviewing in the Wake of Hurricane Irene »http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/irene.html
Vermont Folklife Center Fellow Aylie Baker has prepared an online guide, Advice for Interviewing in the Wake of Hurricane Irene .
In the days following Hurricane Irene, the Vermont Folklife Center was approached by many people looking to gather stories about the experience of the tropical storm and identify ways to distribute and collect these experiences in a meaningful way. “Where do we begin?” “What questions do we ask?” were common queries that ultimately led to this guide.
“We believe that even more than a historical record, the stories and the collective experience of this disaster can serve Vermont’s communities at this very moment,” Baker says. “As Vermonters begin the process of reconstruction, the stories of collaboration and generosity, solidarity and mutual aid that sprang out of this event can be shared, amplified and help to fortify our civil society.”
“The Vermont Folklife Center believes listening is just as important as asking questions,” says Greg Sharrow, Director of Education, “and that if the interviewer can establish his/her role primarily as a listener with the intent of bearing witness to someone’s testimony, a safe space is created.”
The guide gives an overview of the VFC’s interview process and provides guiding questions that can be used to conduct ethnographic interviews about the experience and significance of the storm.
This guide is available for browsing and for download as a pdf at the following website: http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/archive/irene.html. The Vermont Folklife Center is offering itself as a resource to individuals and communities and can be reached by calling (802) 388-4964. Director of Education Greg Sharrow and Vermont Folklife Center Fellow Aylie Baker can be reached via email at gsharrow and firstname.lastname@example.org.