Oral History Workshop, November 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Belize History Association (BHA) is organizing an Oral History Workshop to be held in November 2015. The purpose of the workshop is to equip BHA members with essential knowledge and skills of oral history. It shall focus on building the capacity of the BHA to produce biographies which can be published in our newsletters and website.

The workshop will be held on four consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on the Nov 7, 2015; Nov 14, 2015; Nov 21, 2015; and Nov 28, 2015. Belmopan, Cayo.

After completing this workshop, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Apply essential techniques of oral history
  • Explore the strategies of research validity and ethics
  • Improve skills for writing biographies
  • Appreciate the value of oral history to Belize

The workshop facilitator will be historian Dr. Joseph-Aondofe Iyo.

Dr. JosHistorian, Oral History Workshop Facilitatoreph Iyo is a practicing oral historian, educator, author, and researcher. He recently presented a paper at the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium entitled “Flight from Enslavement in the Bay of Honduras to Freedom in Petén, Guatemala” in which he demonstrated the value of oral history to understand the experience of enslavement and resistance in Belize (NICH, 2013).



In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must attend all four sessions of the workshop.

The workshop is only open to Registered BHA members. To increase the reach of the BHA, we are seeking 3 participants from Northern Belize, 2 from Belize District, 2 from Cayo, and 3 from Southern Belize. Please send an email requesting participation to <>, include your name and location. Only members who desire to participate in all four sessions are encouraged to apply.   Registration is Free for Registered Members!

Interested members are asked to notify us of their interest to participate by Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Approved applicants will be notified by October 30, 2015.