This course introduces students to the theory and practice of history in the public realm--in the museums, archives, historic sites, parks, landscapes, and other places we encounter the past. Through readings, discussions, and hands-on work, we will consider the challenges and opportunities of doing history beyond the classroom, and develop our skills in historical interpretation directed at broad audiences. We will ask such questions as: How do we tell stories with objects, text, and images? Whose history are we interpreting? How do we connect with the past in our daily lives? What role can historians play in public discourse? The central assignment of the course will involve developing a local public history project.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Beverley Serrell, EXHIBIT LABELS: AN INTERPRETIVE APPROACH
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Assignments will include regular written work, an exhibit review, and interpretive text and other materials related to the course project.
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The course project this semester will be developing an exhibition on the history of astronomy at Van Vleck Observatory to be mounted in the observatory library in preparation for the observatory's centennial in 2016.
|Instructor(s): Williams,Amrys O. Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: VVO110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: X|
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