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History – Laura Hershey: Writer, Poet, Activist, Consultant
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Last Word on the MDA Telethon (at least for this year)

Ego and Soul Yes, the Telethon was bad again this year, at least the bits I watched. One thing that continues to amaze me is how big a role Jerry Lewis’ big ego plays, all the way throughout the Telethon. Here’s one late-night quotation that I bothered to write down: “This child in the [Boston] […]

Judi Chamberlain (1944-2010), Activist, Author, Global Traveler — In (Some of) Her Own Words

Judi Chamberlin passed away a few days ago, leaving a legacy of activism, truth-telling, and leadership. She was a highly respected founder of the movement for civil rights for people with psychiatric labels, and for all people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She had recently kept a regular blog called “Life As a Hospice Patient.” […]

Oral History and Disability Rights

Storytelling and reflection have been at the heart of most of my writing. During the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore a field that’s all about recording people’s experiences and memories — oral history. I volunteer as an interviewer for the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO), at the University of California. I’ve […]

Remembering Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel, who died last Friday at the age of 96, lived a rich, joyous life full of rabble-rousing and storytelling. He recorded hundreds of radio interviews and commentaries, and published several books of oral history and memoir. I especially appreciated Terkel’s contribution to the field of oral history, which he sometimes called “guerrilla journalism.” […]