Oral History and Graduate Studies in Publicly Engaged Scholarship
Anne Valk is the Associate Director for Public Humanities in the Center for Learning in Action and Lecturer in the History Department at Williams College. She is also President of the national Oral History Association. A historian by training, Valk specializes in 20th-century US social history. She has held positions as a tenured faculty member, a center director, a campus administrator, a leader of national boards, and a nationally recognized public humanities scholar. In her past role as Deputy Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, she coordinated the Fox Point Oral History Project and the Mashapaug Pond/Reservoir Triangle Collection Project, leading graduate classes in oral history and public humanities in which students worked actively in these and other communities. Valk’s book Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (2008 won the Richard Wentwork Prize for best book in U.S. history from the University of Illinois Press. She is co-editor with Leslie Brown of Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South, winner of the Oral History Association’s Biennial Book Award. Valk is a co-editor (along with Teresa Mangum) of the University of Iowa book series Humanities and Public Life.
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