Boston College’s Belfast Project Examined by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Boston College’s Belfast Project Examined by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Feb 04, 2014

In Secrets from Belfast published in late January 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education examined the ongoing saga of Boston College’s troubled oral history project entitled the Belfast Project.  The project was conceived in 2000, and resulted in interviews of members of both sides in the Northern Ireland conflict.  The project has faced many troubles, including promises of absolute confidentiality to interviewees, federal subpoenas for interview scripts, and no oversight. 

The Chronicle followed Secrets from Belfast with a videorecorded discussion with two oral history experts discussing the issues that the Belfast Project raises, and lessons to be learned for future oral history projects.

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