Recorded Webinars & Programs

Introduction to Oral History series

This five-part series of video shorts provides information into how to conduct oral histories and what considerations should be taken before beginning an oral history project. Scholars, local historians, and other people interested in “history from below” use oral history to document the voices of those who may not be found in the traditional historical record. Oral histories capture those every day lived realities. 

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Black Tourism in West Michigan

Original program date: Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:00-11:15 am (EST)

INT 100/201 approved

From sandy beaches to city nightlife, Michigan has a lot to offer people looking for a getaway. However, the tourist experience has never been the same for everyone. Learn more about how race has shaped travel and leisure in the state. Dani Willcutt (GVSU class of 2010), doctoral student of History at Michigan State University, shared her work on the Black tourist experience in West Michigan.

Deconstructing Confederate Monuments

Original program date: Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (EST)

INT 100/201 approved

Allendale Township is home to Michigan's only known monument honoring Confederate soldiers in their fight against the United States of America. It is one of over 700 monuments to the Confederacy erected in at least 24 states, and is now part of a movement pushing to remove these tributes to the Confederacy. The Kutsche Office of Local History  hosted a panel this fall to examine how memorializing the Confederacy became so widespread even outside the South, how these memorials contribute to historic erasure, their links to histories of racism, and where we can go from here. Scholars Dina Bailey, Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, and Kevin Levin discussed their own work examining the way America remembers the Civil War and answer questions about the history and the future of these memorials.

Public Health & Public Trust with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

A recording of this program is available for educational use-only to GVSU students, staff, and faculty at Make sure you are logged into your GVSU Blackboard account to access the recording.

Original program date: Monday, October 19 @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. (EST)

INT 100/201 approved

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City shares Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s quest to provide scientific proof of lead-laced water poisoning Flint’s children. The Michigan Humanities Council and Grand Rapids Public Library joined us in bringing this powerful story to West Michigan. Sit in with State Representative Rachel Hood and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha as they discuss public health, environmental inequality, and the relationship between true democratic representation and healthy communities. The 2019–20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.