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Missionary Mysteries: the Objects and Archives of Wesleyan's Missionary Past
HIST 337
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.
Crosslisting: AMST 337, RELI 337, ANTH 337

This course examines the history of Wesleyan University's connections to missionary work in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as seen through the university's archival and object collections. Students will spend the bulk of classroom time in hands-on learning as they engage with the archives of the Wesleyan Missionary Lyceum and cultural heritage collections obtained by missionaries and brought back to the University. Beginning with an overview of historical, archival, and museum methods, the course then will examine objects and written records from the Americas, West Africa, East Asia and the South Pacific. Students will be challenged to consider the ways in which Wesleyan has been engaged in colonialism, imperialism, and global evangelism. Topics of investigation will include: gender, linguistics, museum ethics and repatriation, the use of objects as educational tools.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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