Jane, founder and former executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center, is the author of Daisy Turner’s Kin, An African American Family Saga, based on sixty interviews with the daughter of slaves.
Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career.
This technique puts the focus on people, personal history, family stories, experiences, values and attitudes—ordinary people often doing extraordinary things.
This is a reflective talk on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and examples of how they are used.
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Jane Beck explores the use of the recorded interview, reflecting on why people tell stories, what they mean to individuals, and examples of how they are used.
Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.