Charles Hardy III, West Chester University
Charles Hardy III, a professor of history at West Chester University, began his work in oral history in the late 1970s. The producer of award-winning radio, video, and web-based documentaries, he received the Oral History Association Biennial Nonprint Media award in 1999 for I Can Almost See the Lights of Home: A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky, with Alessandro Portelli, and served as president of the Oral History Association in 2008-2009. His print publications in oral history include “Painting in Sound: Aural History and Audio Art,” Oral History: The Art of Dialogue (John Benjamins Publishing, 2009), “Authoring in Sound: Aural History, Radio, and the Digital Revolution,” The Oral History Reader, 2nd ed., (Routledge, 2006), and “Oral History in Sound and Moving Image Documentaries,” with Pamela Dean, Handbook of Oral History (AltaMira Press, 2006). Since 2003 Professor Hardy has served as Supervising Historian of ExplorePAHistory.com, collaborative state history website that builds historical content and lesson plans around Pennsylvania’s historical markers.