ONLY ON LINE: Spears sought for LSU Women's Program
The LSU History Department is looking for
Louisiana women with a story to tell. As part of a grant from the Ford
Foundation, LSU History Associate Professor Alecia Long and her 2012
history students are gathering oral histories for their project,
"Listening to Louisiana Women: Sexuality, Reproduction and Social
The purpose of the project is to collect oral history
interviews with adult women who are from or who have lived in Louisiana
for a significant period of time. The project is intended to achieve
three principal goals:
1. To create an oral history archive that focuses on and honors the
diverse experiences of women who are from or who have lived a
significant portion of their lives in Louisiana.
2. To conduct interviews that give subjects the opportunity to speak
about and/or reflect on the links among sexuality, reproduction and
social equality in their own lives.
3. To assess the experiences and opinions of Louisiana women about
the provision of reproductive health care and services in the state. If
interviewees consent, relevant responses to these specific questions
will be shared with the project's service-learning partner, Planned
Parenthood Gulf Coast.
In addition to Long and her students, the other project
partners include Julie Mickelberry, public affairs director for Planned
Parenthood Gulf Coast, and Jennifer Abraham Cramer, director of the T.
Harry Williams Center for Oral History with LSU Libraries.
Interviewers, most of whom are LSU students, will ask women to tell the
story of their lives. These life history interviews have the potential
to give historians insight into the various ways women in Louisiana have
shaped the state's culture and transformed their lives and society in
the process. Women who participate will also have the option to donate
their interviews to one of the nation's oldest and most respected oral
history archives, LSU Libraries Special Collections Williams Center for
Interview subjects will receive a full transcript of their
interview and will also be principal participants in the creation and
enrichment of the historical record related to the lives and experiences
of Louisiana women.
Participation in the project and any and all responses are
voluntary and interview subjects may choose not to answer or later to
edit, restrict or withdraw any responses about which they feel concern.
To receive further information or to participate in this
oral history project, please contact Long by email at
email@example.com or write to Alecia P. Long,
associate professor, LSU Department of History, 223B Himes Hall, Baton
Rouge, LA 70803.
For more information, contact Long at 225-578-4458 or