The Technical University of British Columbia (1999-2002) may be gone, but it has not been forgotten.
In 2014, SFU librarian Holly Hendrigan thought that collecting and preserving a few interviews on the prehistory of SFU Surrey would be an interesting side project. Little did she know that those who worked and learned at TechBC would be so keen to share their experiences, or that she would become so fascinated by rise and fall of the institution and the methodology of oral history.
Three years later, Holly is pleased to present the TechBC Memory Project, a digital collection of 30 fully indexed, summarized, and transcribed interviews that are publicly available through SFU Library. This venture in digital humanities also maintains the “orality” of the conversations by using an application that allows users to navigate to specific points in the audio file.
Holly will describe the project, demonstrate the collection's features, and play a few excerpts.
An open discussion will follow, on the legacy of TechBC, and TechBC’s lasting impact on the city of Surrey, SFU Surrey, and on SFU as a whole.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
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