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Urbana, IL 61801
The main goal of the Agricultural Communication Oral History Project is to capture and preserve the voices of those who have retired from the agricultural communication community. This includes individuals engaged in agricultural communication work as professional communicators and academicians. Their experiences, memories and insights about the origin of the agricultural communication field as a profession and academic discipline is vital to the understanding of the historical dimensions of this field.
Dr. James Evans in “Roaming the Changing Theoretical Landscape of Agricultural Communication” (2006) explores a number of theories and models utilized in the development of agricultural communication scholarship. One of these theories relates to the communication aspects of agricultural and rural development, thus encouraging us to think more broadly about the historical dimensions of agricultural communication. This project hopes to capture historical perspectives, experiences and memories in order to transcribe, study, and interpret this content into archival, classroom curriculum, and multimedia related formats that can be shared with those who are passionate about agricultural communication.
In that spirit, the Agricultural Communication Oral History Project takes steps to capture historical perspectives, experiences and memories of those working within the community. It transcribes, analyzes and interprets their thoughts into forms to be used for classroom and other professional development purposes, for archiving and for multimedia venues that permit sharing with those who are passionate about this vital field.
Use these links to learn more about the Oral History Project.