MinCo in Context: Coalition Building and Student Social Movements Since the 1960s Winter 2023

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Are you curious about how MinCo (Minority Coalition) came into being at Williams College? Do you want to know how meeting minutes, handwritten signs, and oral histories can tell us about how students have built coalitions to pursue and achieve strategic goals in at-times hostile circumstances? Do you want to learn how the creation and flourishing of MinCo fits into a broader history of social movements within higher education? And what is a coalition, anyways? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this class is for you! Through a hands-on approach focused on working with primary sources held in the special collections and college archives at Williams, this course invites students not only to learn about MinCo history, but also to do the work of public historians. Along with individual assignments in which students engage with archival sources and current scholarship, the final assignment will be team-produced public history projects that mobilize primary sources to tell a compelling history of coalition-building in MinCo history. The course meets 2 times per week for 3 hours each session, and will include a substantial amount of time conducting research in the college archives.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Expected: NA
Class#: 1177
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Short paper and final project or presentation. Assignments will include individually written object labels (primary source descriptions) and secondary source analysis, as well as a public history project situating a small number of primary sources in historical context and explaining their significance within MinCo history.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Student Survey. First priority will be given to students who are current leaders in MinCo groups. Second priority will be given to students who are members of MinCo groups. Third priority will be any student interested in the topic.
Unit Notes: Aly W Corey, PhD is the Associate Director for Inclusive Learning Environments at the Davis Center. Aly's research and teaching expertise is in critical ethnic studies, trans studies, and U.S. musical culture.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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