Welcome to the Texas Oral History Association 2023 Conference!
Get ready for an exciting gathering of oral history enthusiasts from all over. Join us in person on September 8-9, 2023 at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. This event promises to be a fantastic opportunity to network, learn, and share experiences with fellow oral history lovers. Don't miss out on the chance to engage in lively discussions, attend informative sessions, and explore the rich tapestry of Texas history. Whether you're a seasoned oral historian or just starting out, this conference offers something for everyone. This year we will also be celebrating 40 years of TOHA with a "totally awesome" birthday party! We can't wait to see you there!
Registration now open! Visit https://toha2023.eventbrite.com and secure your spot!
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TOHA 2023 Conference Workshop
A Whisper Worthy of a Loud Roar: Exploring the Latest Entrant in the World of Automated Transcription
In recent years there have been massive technological advances and market expansions in the automated speech-to-text sector, such that it can be a bit overwhelming to even choose a platform these days for experimentation. In this workshop, Steven Sielaff and Josh Been from Baylor University will provide an overview of the software suites available to the curious oral historian to aid them in their transcription tasks, as well as practical, researched examples of how they perform in the “real world” of oral history processing. In addition, participants will be given an introduction to the sector’s most exciting new player: Whisper from OpenAI. Those who attend the workshop will be provided a crash course on how to use Whisper, as well as the materials and instruction needed to download and install the service. Because of this, we encourage all workshop participants to bring a laptop (Windows or Mac), as Whisper only requires a local computer to run on (no logins, accounts, or external server connections) and is open-source software, meaning that it is free to use as well!
Friday Night Conference Social: TOHA's Totally Awesome 80s Party
As we celebrate 40 years of the Texas Oral History Association, we invite you to TOHA's Totally Awesome 80s Party! This event will take place Friday evening on the campus of Texas State University. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite retro outfit or nostalgic t-shirt from the era.
Entry to this event is included with conference registration.
TOHA 2023 Conference Keynote: Texas After Violence Project
We are honored to have representatives from the Texas After Violence Project be the keynote speakers for this year's conference to talk about their work with oral history and social justice. Texas After Violence Project is a public memory archive that fosters deeper understandings of the impacts of state violence. TAVP's mission is to help build power with directly impacted communities, centering their dignity, agency, and expertise to cultivate restorative and transformative justice. For more information about Texas After Violence Project, please visit https://texasafterviolence.org/