Myth and Memory: 2007 will be a hands-on exploration of the events, experiences and cultures of America ten years ago. Focusing on a single year allows us to dig deep into the era. We will start with myths and stereotypes and then plunge into primary sources to go beyond the popular image of the period and produce our own interpretive works. We’ll explore politics, music, entertainment, and the diverse personal experiences of our family and friends.
When I say we, I mean all of us. You need to commit to be a knowledge producer. Throughout this active-learning course, the emphasis will be on learning and applying two methods of inquiry: oral history, and archival research, which will be introduced in workshops. Every student will then carry out their own semester project using one or both methods. The final projects will take the form of short documentaries or web-based exhibits; the necessary skills to produce both will be taught in workshops as well. A significant portion of the work will be done outside of the classroom, alone or in small groups.