Wrap-Up Week 12/5-12/8

On Tuesday 12/5, we’ll discuss Historical Memory, especially as it relates to monuments, public plques, and commemorations. The reading is on Blackboard, an article about memorials and monuments called “Our Monuments, Ourselves” and one on the Vietnam Wall as a milestone in historical commemoration. Please read both and come prepared to talk about the complications in national memory, particularly around traumatic events.

Also, BRING LAPTOPS to Tuesday’s class, we will use them to make Portfolio pages, since most of you have not yet done that on your WordPress sites.

Case Studies of Interest
Manzanar Internment Camp
New Orleans Confederate Monument Removal, Mitch Landrieu speech May 2017
“Whose Heritage?” (Southern Poverty Law Center Report)

Thursday 12/7 is a day for some reflections on professional ethics (Williams Ch 13 and 21), and we will also do an in-class peer review of your Annotated Bibliography drafts. Please bring a PRINTED, PAPER copy of your draft to class with you.

The final Journal entry #11 is due on Friday at midnight.

Your Portfolios and Annotated Bibliography [Paper #3] are both due on Thursday Dec 14 by NOON. Follow the assignment’s guidelines for the Bibliography submission formats.

Practice of History: Scientific Evidence

Sometimes history and science are falsely pitted against one another, but of course they are entirely complementary and compatible, in their mutual emphasis on evidence and their desire to understand the human and natural worlds, past and present. This week we explore some of the ways scientific methods and types of evidence inform historical interpretation. Continue reading

Week 8: Sight and Sound

Monday, March 6 – J6 is due. After reading the Douglas essay, explore some of the programs, links or organizations about radio history and archived audio collections. Choose one or two to write about, reflecting on the importance of recorded sound as a historical source.

Tuesday, March 7 Reading: Susan Douglas, “Radio Comedy and Linguistic Slapstick,” from Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination. Continue reading