This is a virtual event. Registration is required. All registrants will be sent a personalized link to join the event via email.
Join us to discuss the practice of oral history interviewing and how oral histories differ from other primary accounts. Representatives from the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training will share insights from their oral history collection and will wrap up the event with a discussion on how you can participate in oral history interviews.
Oral History Program Manager Heather Ashe has a M.A. from George Washington University in Museum Studies, with a focus in collections management and interpretation. She received her B.A. from Skidmore College in History and Art History. Heather has served as a board member for the Prospect Historical Society, has held internships at the Workhouse Prison Museum in Lorton, VA, and with the Ichthyology Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in D.C. Heather also previously held a position as an Asian Art Specialist and Cataloger at Oakridge Auction Gallery previous to joining ADST.
Oral Historian Robin Matthewman just finished a 35 year career as a State Department Foreign Service officer (economic cone). Her overseas tours included economic, commercial, and consular tours in Mexico, Costa Rica, Russia, Honduras, and Iraq. She served as Deputy Chief of Mission and long-time Charge in Montevideo and San Jose, and Principal Officer in Guadalajara as well as a brief stint as Charge in Curacao. Her Washington tours had her working on trade, development, commercial advocacy, Caspian oil policy, counternarcotics and security cooperation. Robin began interviewing for ADST in 2020, initially on detail from State, and has worked with interviewees from all levels and specialties. Robin received her Bachelor's degree from Georgetown, an MBA from the University of Washington and studied at Princeton University's Midcareer Program.