March 26, 2015

VUMC and the NIH partner to bring StoryCorps national oral history project to campus

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is launching an exciting project with the National Institutes of Health to record and preserve voices of our community. The Medical Center is partnering with StoryCorps, a national oral history project, to give patients, their loved ones, researchers, staff and others in our community an opportunity to share their stories.

Millions of Americans tune in to StoryCorps' weekly, award-winning broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition, which features edited versions from the interviews StoryCorps collects.

A StoryCorps interview is 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for meaningful conversation between two people who know each other well. The participants determine the conversation topics and our goal is to recognize the people who enable our work: patients, families, researchers, doctors, nurses, staff, volunteers, and many other partners. It’s an opportunity to ask questions that matter and preserve stories for future generations.

StoryCorps will be on the Medical Center campus for three days of recording sessions from April 22-24. Participants will receive a copy of their recordings, which will also be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Additionally, selected recordings will be featured on the Medical Center’s website, and shared with our broader communities through social media.

To request to participate, visit http://www.nih.gov/about/voicesofNIH/. For more information please contact Craig Boerner at craig.boerner@vanderbilt.edu. You can hear StoryCorps recordings at www.storycorps.org.