Unknown, Emily Asher, Meghan Parry, Rebecca Snoeyink, Kurt Klynen
We all have stories to tell. In telling our own stories, we give our experiences meaning, and we make meaning of the world around us through the stories of others likewise. The relatively new practice of oral history seeks to collect and preserve these stories by recording the testimonies of living people about their own experience. Historians now recognize that the memories and voices of everyday people have value, but these stories also have value for you, for our school, and as pieces of literature. In this class, you will learn about the history, theory, and practice of oral history. You will first study the oral history as a “text,” reading personal testimonies from history, cultural movements, and marginalized group. Then you will become an oral historians yourself, writing, conducting, editing, and collecting your own interviews. You will start by conducting interviews with each other, focusing on an “oral history of yourself,” and then you will move your scope outward to the LFA community and, later, to the voices beyond our own school. You will complete nightly readings, a written reflection on one of the oral histories we will read in class, and three polished digital oral history projects.