A website focusing on climate change and featuring oral history interviews with 12 leading figures from Oregon State University is now available. Created by the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center, the Voices of a Warming Planet website is at http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/climatevoices/main/.


The website consists of contextualized oral history interviews with these OSU faculty members: Dominique Bachelet, biological and ecological engineering; Jeff Bethel, biological and population health sciences; Hilary Boudet, sociology; Peter Clark, earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences; William Jaeger, applied economics; Beverly Law, global change biology and terrestrial systems science; Philip Mote, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute; Peter Ruggiero, geology and geophysics; Andreas Schmittner, earth, ocean and atmospheric Sciences; Allen Thompson, philosophy. Also included are Jason Hanauska, an undergraduate senior in environmental engineering, and Brandon Trelstad, OSU sustainability officer.


The interviews trace the arc of each narrator’s path through academia with particular attention on their research and perspectives on climate change and global warming. In addition to the full video of each interview, the Voices of a Warming Planet website includes contextual information for every session and interview abstracts as well as biographical sketches of each narrator. The interviews are segmented and indexed using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, a cutting-edge tool used by archivists to describe oral history content.


Voices of a Warming Planet is the fourth website to be released by OSU Libraries as part of its Voices Initiative, a multi-year effort that provides online access to their oral history collections. More than 600 hours of oral history content has been released so far. To learn more about the oral history efforts, visit http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oralhistory.html.



Posted - July 15, 2018