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Oral Storytelling Symposium Opening Remarks

October 25, 2023 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Alumni Reading Room

Opening remarks for the Oral Storytelling Symposium.

The Oral Storytelling Symposium’s intent is to explore oral storytelling as a primal, vital, cultural, historical, archival, narrative, scientific, individual, collective, ancient, and contemporary force at the center of our lives. The symposium is hosted in association with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research ( with additional guest speakers from the New York Times.