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Commemorating and marking the lives lost to COVID-19 in 2021

The dead carry their stories with them. This makes storytelling efforts all the more important as a pandemic continues to claim Iowans.

In this episode of Speaking of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with three people who record stories in hopes of understanding this moment and marking history with their perspectives. Journalist Courtney Crowder talks about the value of storytelling during the pandemic. Vincent Valdez talks about remembering Latino and Hispanic Iowans on film. Finally, Jin Chang shares his work collecting Asians’ stories at the University of Iowa, a historically white institution.

Visitors:

  • Courtney Crowder, Iowa columnist for The Des Moines Register
  • Vincent Valdez, documentary producer
  • Jin Chang, graduate student at the University of Iowa leading the Asian American Oral History Project