Speaking Through Time: The Power of Oral History

Laura Murray

Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Synopsis: Dr. Laura Murray has published and taught extensively in Indigenous studies, US literature, copyright law, and cultural policy, and has been involved with community arts and political activism. She is also the Director of the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project, which is collecting stories through oral history and archival research to better understand the history of Kingston. In this episode, she discusses the benefits and challenges surrounding the use of oral history as an analytical tool, and how she is able to recruit community members for her project. Her project explores the history of the industrial Swamp Ward neighborhood and the diverse populations within it, and she describes how her research projects have come to fruition through community engagement and teaching. For more information, please visit Laura’s website or the SWIHHP website.

The Kingstonian S1E12: Chris Whyman – Kingston’s Town Crier

In a conversation recorded in the fall of 2016, we speak with Chris Whyman about his career as the city’s Town Crier and Manager of Visitor Services.  Being the Town Crier has given him the opportunity to see the world and promote Kingston.   We also talk about the attractions the City has to offer.

Pitching Innovation: Student Entrepreneurship at QICSI

August 8th – Chloe Beisheim of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative program (QICSI) and two very enthusiastic venture teams join us in studio! Ms. Beisheim talks about the Queen’s Innovation Centre and its programming including the upcoming Summer Pitch Competition taking place at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on August 23rd 2018. Then we hear from two of the competing pitch teams, learn about their experiences, their ideas, and the skills they’re developing through participation in the competition.

The Kingstonian S1E11: Nancy Cutway – Tracing Your Family History

Nancy is a long-time member of the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.  In this episode we talk about the popularity of exploring one’s ancestry – where to start, tools you can access, and the excitement generated by discovering one’s ancestors.

The Kingstonian S1E10: Floyd Patterson – 40 Years + Reporting the News

Join Dave Cunningham as he spends some time with Kingston’s legendary newsman, Floyd Patterson, as he takes us down memory lane.  From his days as a radio DJ in Brockville to his Open Line program on CKWS Radio and his time on City Council, Floyd has always been a big part of our community.

The Art of Her Craft-A Conversation with Tau Lewis

July 25th – Jamaican-Canadian sculptor Tau Lewis, the 2018 Stonecroft Artist-in-Residence at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University joins us today in studio.  Lewis talks about her body of work, her method and inspirations, her work with Kingston-based Roots and Wings, a grassroots community group that works towards making space for racialized girls in Kingston, and her upcoming Exhibition at the Agnes entitled Tau Lewis: When Last You Found Me Here launching August 25th.