Martinez and Foulis to collect Latina/os/x stories as part of COVID-19 grant
Glenn Martinez, professor in Hispanic linguistics and director of the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Elena Foulis, a faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, have received a grant as part of the COVID-19 Special Grants Initiative from the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme to capture stories and experiences from Latinas/os/x in Ohio during the pandemic.
Martinez and Foulis are collaborating with Elizabeth Fitzgerald, associate professor of clinical nursing in the College of Nursing, and Palo Pinillos Chavez, a Spanish graduate teaching associate, to collect oral histories of Latinas/os/x during COVID-19 and to make them available to the public on a digital platform. In addition, stories will be performed live (or virtually), in order to model best practices for transformational community engagement through storytelling.
The project, called “Documenting of Latina/os/x in Ohio stories during COVID-19 through performed storytelling,” will contribute to Foulis’ digital oral history project called Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio. The collection of interviews features a wide range of experiences that share a common commitment to community through activism, education, policymaking, faith and cultural events meant to celebrate their heritage. (Visit the archive at the Center for Folklore Studies).