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This interview was conducted with Michelle Vidovic in Hudson, NY for the Oral History Summer School Experimental Ethnographies workshop on May 18, 2018. Michelle was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, moved to Madison, WI for ten years, and then relocated back to her hometown, Minneapolis. In her interview, Michelle talks about her family, privilege, and three transformative periods in her life; an internship with Senator Wellstone, her travels, and her time at a vipassna meditation center. She describes how her challenging Childhood shaped her political views and her go-getter and fierce personality drove her to make a difference in politics. She discusses how her monetary privilege enabled her to take an internship in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota with Senator Paul Wellstone. She discusses how her privilege allowed to travel the world and visit places, such as; Romania, Africa, West Africa, and Yugoslavia. She reveals that she was in search of herself with her travels and how she found a sense of home in West Africa. She describes how she met her partner, Mike, because of her involvement in a vinassna meditation center.
José Ortega is an Exhibits and Collections Coordinator for the community museums of History Colorado. He is based out of the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Co. He has been collecting oral histories since 2012. His oral history collection began while he was a student at Colorado State University-Pueblo as a work study for the Archives and Special Collections. He collected oral histories of local and national Chicano activists. He continues his oral history collection for History Colorado in community based collective memory projects. These projects highlight the people in underrepresented communities in Pueblo. The end result is an exhibition and art installations based on the collective memory.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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