Professor elected to Oral History Association exec council

etter-lewis-gwendolynProfessor Gwendolyn Etter-LewisThe Oral History Association (OHA) recently elected professor and linguistics program director Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis to its national executive council. Etter-Lewis has been involved with OHA since the late 1980’s. She will serve as one of five council members.

Etter-Lewis’ research areas include African-American Women in the 1920s, Contemporary African Women’s Studies, Leadership and Education in African Cultures, and Oral Narratives. Currently, she’s researching the oral histories of African American centenarians.

“[The project] brings to light what I call ‘the secret lives of African American centenarians.’” Etter-Lewis said. “The findings of this project contradict stereotypes of elders and give voice to African Americans who tend to be overlooked in studies of Americans who are 100 years old or older.”