This collection of Latinx oral histories is the result of work produced by undergraduate Spanish majors and minors for the course Latino Voices in the Community, created and taught by Dr. Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco. This course focuses on the experiences of Latinos living in Cincinnati. Texts for the course draw from anthropology, literature, education, sociology, politics and linguistics. Students experience culture through engagement in the community, both by conducting service learning and by engaging in immersion tasks and activities. For this particular course project, students conducted an interview in Spanish with an individual from the Latinx community in Cincinnati regarding experiences with migration and challenges with culture shock and cultural adaptations. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and translated to English, with alterations to names and places in order to protect the identities of interviewees. Students include their reflection on the interview experience. My firm belief is that the examination of social justice issues, the witnessing of real-life stories, and the opportunities for solidarity created by this assignment all contribute to the enhancement of students’ linguistic, intercultural, personal and professional growth and development.
Submissions from 2017
Oral Interview with Cynthia*, Nathalie Solorio
Oral Interview with Elena*, Maria Fraulini
Oral Interview with Lola*, Jennifer Derka
Oral Interview with Marta*, Sarah Peters