Fall 2011 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning|
This course will investigate the form of the oral narrative. Students will work with Portland, Connecticut, residents who have been involved with the brownstone quarry there and know the history of this cultural, economic, and aesthetic feature of our community. Brownstone from Portland was important from the 1700s through the 1800s; it was the material that built many of the famous brownstones of New York and Boston and was even used in San Francisco and London. The quarry remained productive until the 1930s, when flooding made the stone unavailable. The 1990s saw a renewed interest in it; there is now a limited amount of quarrying, and the site is developed as a recreational area, with hiking, canoeing, and camping facilities. In 2000, the quarry was listed as a National Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This course looks specifically at the recording of oral histories
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
THE ORAL HISTORY READER
CREATING HISTORIES: ORAL NARRATIVES AND THE POLITICS OF HISTORY-MAKING
GOVERNMENT AND THE ARTS IN THIRTIES AMERICA
THE STUDS TERKEL READER
ORALITY AND LITERACY: THE TECHNOLOGIZING OF THE WORD
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Students will interview residents and transcribe accounts and memories as oral histories of the quarries, choosing the medium of transcription--print, voice only (CD or audiotape), video (TV or DVD)--and producing final documents that will be offered to Portland and Middletown for the local history collections and to Wesleyan University for Special Collections.
Final project: an oral history of selected Portland residents about the Brownstone Quarry. Occasional review of project as it progresses during the term.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Fieldwork in Portland, interviews, visits to site.
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