listening for the story
Listen for a while and you'll notice that people speak powerfully, even poetically, about the extraordinary and the everyday experiences that make up their lives. We get the full story in long interviews, and when it's helpful, we edit to compose shorter pieces from people's own words.
Nobel laureate Günter Blobel shares the story behind his groundbreaking research and his commitment to rebuilding Dresden in this film excerpted from his oral history interview, conducted as part of an ongoing oral history project for The Rockefeller University.
Upon the sad news of Dr. Blobel's death in February 2018, The Wall Street Journal obituary cited the oral history and linked to the film.
In Reading in Berlin: Thoughts on Jill Stauffer's Ethical Loneliness, published in In Context Journal in October 2016, Leyla Vural considers philosopher Jill Stauffer's case for listening as a matter of social justice and what that means for today.
Amor Mundi, the weekly newsletter of The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College, selected Reading in Berlin as one of its "favorite essays...from around the web."
Ana Martinez de Luco, cofounder of the recycling center Sure We Can in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, talks about the community of canners and the healthy aspects of picking up cans for a living.
A member of Picture the Homeless describes what it feels like to be on Hart Island, New York City's potter's field where about one million people have been buried since 1869. Click here to read "The Whole Island is a Cemetery."
The New York Preservation Archive Project (NYPAP) "Diversity and the Outer Boroughs" captures the narratives of New Yorkers who usually get left out of the historic preservation story. Leyla Vural conducted some of these interviews. Click here to get to the NYPAP Oral History Collection, which includes the audio recording, transcript, and photos from each interview.