Oral History

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Oral History
Spring 2023
Taught By: Wilson Valentin
Section: A

CRN: 13743

Credits: 3

Oral History is both a theory and method (practice) of recording life experiences and stories. With a particular focus on showcasing the life stories of marginalized communities Oral History allows one to gain an understanding of history from multiple angles, to acquire "new ways of seeing," and to delineate new epistemologies. Some of the questions that guide the course include: Who “makes” history? Why have certain individuals been studied while others have been ignored? How does this shape the production of knowledge and our understanding of the past? Drawing inspiration from Michel Trouillot, how might oral histories “unsilence the past” and shed new light on events that have long been ignored or unknown? How do we represent and document experiences that differ from our own? What challenges may develop when making sense of another person’s life story(ies) and experience(s)? In this course, we will interrogate the dynamics of oral history as truth-telling, its long-standing relationship with social justice initiatives, and the impact that oral histories have upon the communities from which they emerge.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:52pm EDT 5/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 615
Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023