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Sara Wood is the lead oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance, based at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. She spends her days driving across the American South documenting stories behind the region’s foodways, from the oyster shuckers of Chesapeake Bay to slugburger purveyors of Selmer, Tennessee. Before moving to Mississippi, Wood reported stories for local and national NPR programming. She’s produced sound installations for museums and cultural sites such as the Whitney, the New York Public Library, SFMoMA, and the National Park Service. Wood teaches oral history workshops throughout the South focusing on methods and approaches, fieldwork, interviewer/narrator relationships, creating new content derived from archival sources, and disseminating oral history projects in a digital age.

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