Oral history offers a powerful means to document history “from the bottom up,” filling gaps in the historical record and creating ways to make new community connections. This class introduces methods for conducting oral history interviews and provides an opportunity to record interviews and use them in a public project. This semester we will use oral history interviews and other sources to explore the lived experience of LGBTQ individuals in the United States. The class combined history, theory, and practice, giving you the chance to conduct and interpret oral history interviews.
The Class: Format: seminar; community-based field work
Requirements/Evaluation: two recorded and transcribed oral history interviews; three three-pages papers; one final project (e.g., audio essay or multi-media presentation)
Enrollment Preferences: juniors or seniors
Distributions: Division II