Karen Schaumann-Beltran

Asst. Professor of Sociology and Service Learning Director, Schoolcraft College.

Oral history has been a connecting force in Karen’s family, life and career. Her interest first began as a child, while spending summers with her grandmother with a first official oral history interview for an undergraduate gerontology paper. Later oral and tribal history with an elder and an oral history with her great-aunt, taught her many things about family and traditions and presentation with the Michigan Women’s Studies Association. She has coordinated a number of oral history projects with Detroit area activists in civil rights and anti-poverty movements. Generations of Eastern Michigan University students helped to conduct the interviews, and co-presented research at academic conferences and community-based presentations. In addition, she works with girls on an urban Indian drum group.

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