Dr. Charles Hardy III, Professor of History at West Chester University (Pennsylvania), is a pioneer in oral history and new media. Dr. Hardy has decades of experience producing radio, video, and web-based documentaries. He has been awarded numerous honours, including the prestigious Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History. Notable work of his includes Goin’ North and I Can Almost See the Lights of Home.
Dr. Hardy's publications on oral history include: “Connecting the Classroom and the Archive: Oral History, Pedagogy, & Goin’ North,” with Janneken Smucker (lead author) and Doug Boyd, Oral History in the Digital Age (2017); “Aural History, the Digital Revolution, and the Making of I Can Almost See the Lights of Home: A Field Trip to Harlan County Kentucky” in Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement (2014); “Painting in Sound: Aural History and Audio Art,” in Oral History: The Challenges of Dialogue (2009); “Authoring in Sound: Aural History, Radio, and the Digital Revolution,” in The Oral History Reader, 2nd edition (2006); “A People’s History of Industrial Philadelphia: Reflections on Community Oral History and the Uses of the Past,” Oral History Review 33:1 (Winter/Spring 2006); “Oral History in Sound and Moving Image Documentaries,” (with Pamela Dean) Handbook of Oral History (2006); and “Prodigal Sons, Trap Doors, and Painted Women: Reflections on Life Stories, Urban Legends, and Aural History,” Oral History 29:1 (Spring 2001).
Dr. Hardy visited the Oral History Centre in October to give the 2018 Bonnycastle Lecture, entitled “Connecting Classrooms and Communities: Student Engagement Through Oral History and Digital Media,” as well as delivering a noon hour lecture on, “History in Sound: Deconstructing sound based oral history presentations.” Audio for both lectures is now available by selecting the story sections of this page.