Concordia St. Paul News

March 20, 2014

Dr. Paul Hillmer Lends Expertise to Oral History Workshop and Panel Discussion

Dr.  Paul Hillmer, professor of history at Concordia University, is participating in an oral history workshop and panel discussion at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study on Friday, March 28. The two-part workshop and discussion will give participants insight on practical and ethical concerns involving oral history and will explore its importance to scholarly research.

A member of Concordia’s faculty since 1991, Hillmer is the Director of the Hmong Oral History Project, which is collection of more than 200 oral history interviews from individuals in the Hmong community. As a result of the interviews Hillmer wrote a book titled “A People’s History of the Hmong”, which gives a rich narrative history of the worldwide community of Homing people, exploring their cultural practices, war and refugee camp experiences, and struggles and triumphs as citizens of new countries.

Hillmer will speak during the panel discussion portion of the event along with three other oral history scholars. The oral history workshop will run from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion from 3-4:30 p.m.

The workshop and panel discussion are being held at the Nolte Center for Continuing Education on the campus of the University of Minnesota (125 Nolte, 315 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis). The event is free and open to the public, however registration is encouraged. Visit for more details.