Recent Work

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations in the NYT


I have been an oral history interviewer with the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Project (CBBG) started by Sady Sullivan at Brooklyn Historical Society for the past two years. The project was featured on the cover of the Arts Section of the New York Times this week. For an example of the work of CBBG, You can listen to my interview with fantastic dancer Caroline Fermin here.

When we did the census a few times, she would be on the phone with them and they’d be like, “Well, whatever language you speak at home is what race you are. My mom would be furious. Having to choose I felt like was the hardest part.

-Caroline Fermin


04. December 2014

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, News

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum

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My thoughts about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum were noted in this article in Tablet Magazine.

Read the whole paper quoted by writer Julia Bosson here:
The Museum as Ventriloquist: The Use of Oral History at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.”

The paper was included in The New School Memory Conference.  Download the Powerpoint here.


11. September 2014

Categories: News

More Press on “Seniors and the City”- American Theatre

American Theatre

American Theatre Magazine features my work with Julie Kline and the seniors of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at Saint Peter’s Church. Julie and I were artists in residence for two years, in which we created performance featuring the seniors using oral history, storytelling, choral choreography, and recorded sound. Funded by the SPARC program (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Department for the Aging.

21. May 2014

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, News, Performance

Exploring the Legacy of the Meatpacking District

Whitney Stories features my research in the Meatpacking District for the Whitney Museum, and a film I produced about artist Tom Otterness. Check it out by clicking here!

10. January 2014

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, Multimedia

Voicing The Legacy

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My Art Cart graduate students conducted oral histories of a older artists in New York City.

I produced and oversaw this audio compilation for the exhibition at Stovall Gallery, Kimmel Center, New York University

Opening September 5- October 20, 2013

Research Center for Arts & Culture

ART CART is an intergenerational arts legacy project that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate students to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy.


01. October 2013

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories

Press on “Seniors and the City”


The Brooklyn Rail discusses my work with Julie Kline: creating an expressive, oral history approach to theater with seniors.

The Theater of Aging: Lighting a SPARC, by Larissa Lury


23. September 2013

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, News, Performance

Photofilm for MGH: A Few More Breaths

Every 15 seconds, a child dies from malaria.

I edited and produced this photofilm about the effects of cerebral malaria, and medical trials in Uganda to help prevent these deaths.


Selected Credits

Produced by: Liza Zapol and Jon Lowenstein
Photography: Jon Lowenstein/ NOOR
Commissioned by: Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Critical Care Research and the MGH Center for Global Health, Boston, 2013.


My dream is to see malaria eradicated completely, but before that happens we can’t let children continue to die. We have to make sure that those who get the disease get healed completely and also when they get better they don’t have sequelae, that they live a complete life, and be useful citizens to the country and to the world at large.

For me that’s my dream.”

—Dr. Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire


11. June 2013

Categories: Multimedia, See My Work

Skowhegan Oral History Project

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine, discuss the oral history project I have been conducting since 2011. See pages 13-14 of the newsletter!

30. December 2012

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, Current Commissions

Oral History Association Conference


I presented at the OHA Conference on Creative Collaborations Between Oral Historians and Museums, focusing on my work with the Tenement Museum and the Whitney Museum.

PANEL:  “Masters of Oral History: Columbia University OHMA Students Using Oral History.”

Cleveland Marriott at Key Center, Salon C, October 13, 8:30-10am

I particularly liked the theme of the conference this year
Sing It Out, Shout It Out, Say It Out Loud: Giving Voice through Oral History”  focusing on the transformation of oral histories into other forms.


25. November 2012

Categories: News, See My Work

Meet the SPARC Seniors

From top left, clockwise: Beverley Hagaman, William M. Corbett, Joseph Karp, Helen Klass, Joan Davis, Libby Lesher, Alan McElroy, Charles K. Emma. From Seniors Partnering With Artists Citywide project, sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sample from this Project

10. September 2012

Categories: Performance
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