My name is Erica Seltzer-Schultz. I am an oral historian and writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I believe in empathy. I believe that empathy lies at the heart of solving conflicts, from conflicts on the playground, to conflicts at work, conflicts in our government and on the international scale. When we hear someone else’s story, we have opportunity to see the world from their eyes and empathy develops. Empathy allows our perspective to widen and our wisdom to grow.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by people’s stories. As a child, I always had my nose in a book or was making up stories of my own. In college, I chose to major in history which allowed me to combine my love of people with my other great passion for writing and research. There, with a focus on 20th century social history, I discovered that I valued not only the history of countries and societies but living history, the history of those who are alive today. I found that oral history was a perfect means to capture these stories and I have worked in the field ever since. I believe stories are incredibly valuable to our understanding of our world as we seek to create a sustainable and just future.
Since 2012, I have conducted over 150 hours of oral history interviews in Minnesota and around the country. I have transcribed several of these interviews and I have edited several more. For virtually all of my interviews, I have created a corresponding chapter index to aid in accessibility and, for some of them, I have produced narrative and historical pieces of writing. I have also developed an oral history specific website interface. Each of my interviewees have touched me deeply and widened my perspective. As my understanding of the world broadens, so does my gratitude in getting to do what I love best.
You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (612)-964-3646.