Keynote speakers


Mary Marshall Clark is Director of Columbia University Center for Oral History Research in INCITE and the co-founding Director of Columbia’s Oral History Master of Arts (OHMA) degree program (with Peter Bearman). She has been involved in the oral history movement since 1991 and was President of the US Oral History Association from 2001–2002. She was the co-principal investigator (with Peter Bearman) of “The September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project” and directed related projects on the aftermath of September 11th in New York City. She founded the “Guantanamo Rule of Law Oral History Project” in 2009 and directs Columbia University’s biannual Summer Institute in Oral History. She is an editor of the Columbia University Press Oral History Series, as well as editor of books including After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 11, 2001, and the Years that Followed (2011). She is co-author of the human rights publication Documenting and Interpreting Conflict through Oral History: A Working Guide (2012). Mary Marshall Clark is a candidate-in-training to become a psychoanalyst at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.


Rib Davis is passionate about the climate crisis. He has chaired the Environment and Climate Change Special Interest Group of the Oral History Society (UK), running seminars and establishing the International Oral History of the Transition Movement. Since the 1970s, he has worked on oral history projects ranging from books to exhibitions, websites, and plays, cooperating with Age Exchange, Living Archive, The Lightbox, and the BBC. He also trains others, mainly on behalf of the British Library and the Oral History Society, in 7 different countries. He is author of Writing Dialogue for Scripts; his BBC Radio work includes the series Unwritten Law (dramatizations of legal cases which have led to changes in case law) and scripts for television include No Further Cause for Concern, about a prison riot and its aftermath. His stage work includes 13 large-scale community documentary dramas based on oral histories. In 2018–2019, Rib Davis was Goodison Fellow at National Life Stories, leading to his writing the play Safe, which took as its starting point the Holocaust testimonies held at the British Library.