This course explores oral history theory and practice. Particular emphasis will be placed on the ethical, practical, and interpretive considerations facing the oral historian, with careful attention paid to the subjectivity and mutability of memory. The course will include hands-on oral history research, including project development, questionnaire crafting, relationship-building, interview techniques, interviewing, and the critical analysis of interviews. The class will work collaboratively to build an oral history collection that will contribute to a broader understanding of Brandon’s local history. Pending permission from those interviewed and the consent of the student interviewer, the interviews will be deposited at an appropriate local archive.
6 credit hours in History.