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Nicki Pombier Berger
oral historian / educator / artist
Contact meRisk something with me.  


I am an oral history artist, currently collaborating with Suli Holum on a play about the Bakken shale. Much of my work is at the intersection of disability and social change, which I have explored through projects such as the TILL Living Legacy ProjectHere: Stories from Selinsgrove and KenCrest, and Nothing About Us Without Us.

I teach at the New School for Drama, and have taught oral history workshops at, among other venues, Columbia University, Bethel University's New York Center for Art and Media Studies, and Oral History Summer School.

Since March of 2015, I have been a Research Fellow on the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project

I am the Founding Editor of 
Underwater New York, a digital arts journal of writing, art, and music inspired by the waterways of New York City and the objects submerged within them, for which I have curated events and excursions in all five boroughs. Along with my Underwater New York co-editors, I collaborated with visual artist Elizabeth Albert on the book, Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New Yory City's Forgotten Waterfront, published by Damiani in September 2016.

I have a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University (2001), a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2009), and a Master of Arts in Oral History from Columbia University (2013).

I invite you to join me in 
Risk Listening, an oral history experiment.     
 

Photo by JJ Tiziou for Here. Stories from Selinsgrove and Kencrest

RESUME
 
EDUCATION 
 
- Columbia University, Master of Arts, Oral History, 2013
- Columbia University, Center for the Study of Social Difference: Future of Disability Studies Graduate Fellow, 2012-2013 
- Sarah Lawrence College, Master of Fine Arts, Fiction, 2009
- Georgetown University, Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service, 2001
- University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2000 
- McGhee Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Alanya, Turkey, 1999  
 
CURRENT WORK

The Bakken, a play-in-progress in collaboration with Suli Holum. 

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront, Damiani 2016
- Poetry and Fiction editor

Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project
Research Fellow, since March 2015

The New School for Drama
- Part-Time Faculty, Narrative Analysis and Intermediate Playwriting, since August 2015 
 
- Oral Historian, since September 2014 
 
- Oral Historian, Producer and Consultant, since August 2013 
 
- Founding Editor, since May 2009 
 
PAST EXPERIENCE 
 
- Education Associate, StoryCorpsUOctober 2012 - June 2013 
- Senior Coordinator, National Teachers InitiativeJanuary 2011 - June 2012
- Coordinator, October - December 2010  
- Intern, June - October, 2010
 
NetAid
Program Associate, Education for Global Citizenship, New York, NY, 2002 - 2004
 
Teach for America
Fourth grade teacher, San Antonio Elementary, San Jose, CA, 2001 - 2002
 
TEACHING 
 
- Part-time Faculty, The New School for Drama
Intermediate Playwriting: Documentary Methods
Spring 2017 
Critical Inquiry / Narrative Analysis: Whose Story?
Fall 2016
Intermediate Playwriting 
Fall 2015

- Co-Instructor, Push Play: Imagination and the Interview, Columbia University Oral History One-Day Workshops
With Liza Zapol
January 2017

- Co-Instructor, Columbia Oral History Alumni Association Short Course
Performed Encounter: Playing the Interview
With Liza Zapol
May 2016

- Instructor, Columbia University Oral History Public Workshops
Intro to Oral History for Social Change
February 2016
- Instructor, Oral History Summer School
Memory Loss and Mixed Ability Interviewing
Summer 2015
Hudson, New York 
 
- InstructorColumbia University Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program
Oral History for Historical Dialogue 
December 3, 2014 
Columbia University, New York, NY
 
- Instructor, Columbia University Oral History Master of Arts Program
Intro to Oral History for Advocates and Curating Oral History for Advocates
January 25, 2014
Columbia University, New York, NY
 
- Instructor, Madison Area Down Syndrome Society
July 2013
Madison, Wisconsin
 
Instructor, PS 321
Diversity Committee Workshop: Family chronicles 
May 21, 2013 
Brooklyn, NY
 
- Instructor, Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights 
Using the tools of oral history to advance human rights work
Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2014 
Columbia University, New York, NY
 
- Instructor, Bethel University 
Workshop: Oral history for writers
Fall 2012, Spring 2013
New York, NY
 
 
READINGS & PRESENTATIONS 

Push Play: A Workshop on Creativity and the Interview. Oral History Association Annual Meeting. Co-taught with Liza Zapol. Long Beach, CA, October 2016. 

Oral History and Intellectual Disability: Navigating Authority, Authorship and Advocacy. Columbia University Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research and the Oral History Master of Arts Program, with support from the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics. New York, NY, November 13, 2014
 
Nothing About Us Without Us: Oral History, Advocacy, and Disability. Oral History Association Conference, Madison, WI, October 11, 2014 
 
Oral History in our Times: Oral History Master of Arts 5th Anniversary Conference. Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2, 2013  
 
Crack and Break and Heal, read in conjunction with COMPASS: Folk Art in Four Directions, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY, September 20, 2012
 
The Birdcage, read for Underwater New York, KGB Bar, March 14, 2010
 
The Birdcage, read for Underwater New York, Mary Mattingly's Waterpod Project, September 20, 2009
 
CURATED EVENTS* 
 
If These Walls: Underwater New York with A.I.R. Gallery: Hossannah Asuncion, Morgan Parker, Katy Lederer, Melissa Murray, Erica Stoller and Maxine Henryson. Governor's Island, New York, September 12, 2015 
 
Dead Horse Bay at Winter Shack: David Townsend, Nicki Pombier Berger, and Nicole Haroutunian. Brooklyn, NY, January 24, 2015.
 
Waterfronts: From NYC to LA: Steve Mentz, Betsy Bradley, Lisa Kunik, Jess Pastore, Erin Baer and Nicole Haroutunian. Pacific Standard, Brooklyn, NY, July 7, 2014
 
Underwater New York and Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfronts: Lee Ann Brown, Gabriel Brownstein, Nicole Cirino, Bob Fanuzzi, Steven Mentz, and Nelly Reifler. Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John's University, Queens, NY, October 29, 2013  
 
Underwater New York at Process and Progress: Rich Villar, Carolyn Ferrell and Alison Amend. Bronx River Art Center, February 22, 2013 
 
Underwater New York at COMPASS: Folk Art in Four Directions: Jenny Offill, Myla Goldberg, Nicki Pombier Berger. South Street Seaport Museum, September 20, 2012
 
Underwater New York at the New York City Poetry Festival: Joe Fritsch, Bridget Talone, Leah Umansky. Governor's Island, July 21, 2012
 
Obscura Day 2012: The Forgotten Beaches of the Forgotten Borough: Jen Fitzgerald. Cedar Grove and New Dorp Beaches, Staten Island, April 28, 2012 
 
Underwater New York at Poets House: Matthea Harvey, Cate Marvin, KC Trommer, Katie Naughton, Danniel Schoonebeek, Allyson Paty. Poets House, August 24, 2011
 
Art in a Bottle: Amy Jean Porter, Elizabeth Albert, Marie Lorenz, George Boorujy. P. P. O. W. Gallery, July 20, 2011
 
 
3 Generations' Campaign to End Child Sex Slavery in the US. Screening and Reading: Kim Purcell. Zora Space, Brooklyn, NY, February 28, 2011 
 
That Sinking Feeling: Underwater New York at TOLD: Seth Lind, Ted McAdams, Steven Berkowitz, Boris Timanovsky, Penny Pollack, Matthea Harvey, John Urquhart Deidre Rodman. Under St. Mark's Theater, October 18, 2010
 
Underwater Disco: DJs Dan Selzer, Jeremy Campbell, Morgan Guest. Brooklyn, NY, October 30, 2010
 
Underwater Halloween Family Variety Show: The Deedle Deedle Dees, Michael Hearst, DJ Dan Selzer. The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY, October 30, 2010
 
Transport III with Underwater New York: Colette Murphy, Nura Qureshi, Deborah Sabat, Nate Dorr, Rick Caruso, Roger Borg, Rose Nestler, Alexis Neider, Kira Sexton, Sarah Mostow, Jill Allyn Peterson. Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY, June 12 - 17, 2010  
 
Story Tank at City of Water Day: PortSide New York, Brooklyn, NY, July 24, 2010
 
Underwater New York at Word for Word Series: Jennifer Egan, Ed Park, Nelly Reifler, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Deb Olin Unferth, Ben Greenman, Michael Hearst. Bryant Park, June 30, 2010
 
UNY at KGB: Robert Lopez, Elizabeth Gaffney, Nicki Pombier Berger. KGB Bar, May 14, 2010
 
Obscura Day 2010: Dead Horse Bay. Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn, March 20, 2010
 
Underwater New York at Free Music Friday at the American Folk Art Museum: Rachel Dix, Sara Weiss, Claire Shefchik, David Hollander, Lindsay Sullivan and the Sailors, Richard McGraw, Aaron Diskin, Annette Kogan, and Ben Greenman. March 5, 2010
 
Underwater New York at Literary Death Match: David Hollander. Bowery Poetry Club, October 29, 2009
 
Underwater New York launch party: Ben Greenman, Mary Mattingly, Nura Qureshi, Supergood!, Lawrence Kim and his Boss, Michael Hearst, DJ Dan Selzer, Alex Scordelis and Chris Schell. The Lightship Frying Pan, October 7, 2009
 
Underwater New York and the Waterpod: Mary Mattingly, Apryl Lee, Aldina Vazao Kennedy, David Ciminello, Ella Mei Yon Biggadike, Megan Gilbert, Nicki Pombier Berger, Nicole Haroutunian, Nicole Miller, and Sara Weiss. Worlds Fair Marina, Queens, NY, September 20, 2009
 
 
* All Underwater New York events co-curated with Nicole Haroutunian and Helen Georgas.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
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