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Energy Transitions Oral History Workshop

We are in the middle of an energy transition toward cleaner sources of power and fuel. Partnering with the UW­–Madison Oral History Program, the Wisconsin Energy Institute encourages youth to record conversations with their grandparents, neighbors or friends to capture eyewitness accounts of these changes.

Conducting oral histories is a great way to integrate social emotional learning competencies into STEM and Social Studies content. Students develop listening and conversational skills, inquiry practices, and intergenerational appreciation while "democratizing" history and preserving their narratives as a primary source for future historians. This activity is empowering, while at the same time, provides a venue for students to process emotions surrounding climate change.

Staff from UW–Madison’s Archives and the Wisconsin Energy Institute are here to support along the way. Feel free to contact agbender@wisc.edu with any questions about the project.

Thanks for sharing info on this project! I like the interdisciplinary nature of it. I teach environmental science and plan to reach out to our social studies teacher about collaborating on it.