Noted oral historian speaks at History Across the Humanities conference at YSU

Alessandro Portelli

Alessandro Portelli

World renowned oral historian and author Alessandro Portelli gives the keynote address at V.W. Starr’s History Across the Humanities conference at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25 and 26.

The address, titled “History as Narrative,” is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Center, 151 W. Wood St. in Youngstown. It is free and open to the public.

The conference is presented by the Alpha Gamma Beta chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and includes workshops on topics such as research, proposal and public speaking, as well as student research presentations. For a full conference schedule, visit The conference has been partly funded by grants from Ohio Humanities, YSU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the YSU College of Graduate Studies.

Portelli, emeritus professor of Anglo-American literature at the Universita di Roma, Sapienza, is the author of numerous landmark works including most recently, They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History and The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome. His essay, “The Death of Luigi Trastulli,” is considered one of the most important works in oral history, shifting the focus from gathering purely factual information to understanding the meaning and nature of memory.

For more information about the event, contact Lindsey Fisher, conference chair, 330-941-1314.