Oral History and Collective Memory: Research Methods and Applications of 21st-Century Narratives

Description: Lecture, three hours. Part I of two-part series on oral history, memory, and public engagement. Introduction to field of oral history and hands-on experience in interviewing, processing, technology, and public engagement. Readings and discussion of literature about oral history theory and methods and examination of how scholars use oral history interviews to develop historical narratives about working class communities. Students learn foundations for designing and executing oral history research projects and undertake independent fieldwork that allows them to apply methods and approaches studied in class. Emphasis on innovative uses of oral history interviews that bring narratives to wide public audience. No prior knowledge or experience with interviewing and processing required. P/NP or letter grading.

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