#1/ Project Design & Proposal

Week #1: 1 September

Introduction to Class/ Oral History Project Design

Reading:

1. Between Generations

2. Telling True Stories, pp. 1-64

3. Study over the following Oral History Projects--what do you like about them? Evaluate these projects and sites; what do they do well? What are their weaknesses?

"In Our Own Words--The Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers" Collection at Mills College http://www.mills.edu/news/2008/newsarticle02082008negro_spirituals.php

The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project/ http://digital.library.unlv.edu/ntsohp/

Muskie Oral History Project/http://digilib.bates.edu/cgi-bin/library.cgi?site=localhost&a=p&p=about&c=muskieor&l=en&w=utf-8

"Good Work, Sister!" Women Shipyard workers of WWII: An Oral History/ http://www.goodworksister.org

The Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project/ http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/airoverview.htm http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jah/89.2/moye.html

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, "Browse by Topic," http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org

CLASS: Introduction to Class and to Each Other, Discussion of Weekly Summary Notes and Discussion Lead Schedule

Week #2: 8 September

Speaker: Dr. Ruby Simpkins

Reading:

1. Between Generations

2. Telling True Stories, pp. 1-64

3. Websites Week 1

Work Due:

1-Reading, Between Generations Brief Notes (There are 11 "generational" stories in Bertaux & Thompson's book. Find an example in each that you find significant, and explain why. What do these stories, taken together, tell you about the process of oral history?) Type notes and turn-in tonight.

2-Typed Project Ideas (see web page on proposals)

 Week #3: 15 September

Oral History & Project Design

Reading:

1. Between Generations

2. Telling True Stories, pp. 1-64

3. Websites Week 1

Discussion Leads: TBA

Work Due:

1-Readng & Class Discussion

2-Discussion of Reading for first weeks, Summaries for Telling True Stories and Week One Websites (which sites do you like most and why?)

3-Draft Proposal: Come to class with a question and topic, along with some secondary sources that pertain to it. Use the Oviatt Library's Database, especially Worldcat and JStor, along with others such as EBSCO Host or Proquest Historical.

Question/ Topic (with explanation about why you picked this, if you have a particular reason) And remember, it needs to be a recent topic so you can find people to interview!

Secondary Sources: Books & Articles (put this in bibliographic form and be choosey about the sources you select--you don't have to choose them all in the first week. You want a list of only the best for your very selective list, and for this, too, you can use book reviews)


Week #4: 22 September

Oral History & Project Design

Reading:

1-Alessandro Portelli, The Death of Luigi Trastulli, pp. 1-194 Moodle.

Discussion Leads: TBA

Work Due:

1-Reading and Class Discussion

2-Brief Reading Summaries for Portelli

3-Draft Proposal Due

#2/ Interviewing

Week #5: 29 September

Interviewing

Reading:

1-"Recreating Identity and Community" in Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes, Oral History and Public Memory (2008), pp. 103-145.

2-"Ethics" in Telling True Stories, pp. 163-196.

2-"Language and Communication" and "Authority and Interpretation" in Sherna Gluck, Women's Words: The Practice of Oral History (1991), pp. 1-99 Moodle.

(And ideas from Reading Week 4, Portelli)

Discussion Leads: Harout, Nazely, Allie, Alma, Danielle

Work Due:

1-Reading & Class Discussion

2-Brief Reading Summaries for this week's reading

3-Proposal Critiques (one to partner and one to instructor)

Week #6: 6 October

Reading:

1-"Harlan County, Kentucky, U.S.A." in Death of Luigi Trastulli, pp. 195-240 Moodle.

Discussion Leads: Marsha, Jenna, Elmer, Alejandro

Work Due:

1-Reading & Class Discussion

2-Brief Reading Summaries

3-Final Proposal Due

Week #7: 13 October

No Class-Oral History Conference L.B.

Week #8: 20 October

Interviews and Interviewing

Generations Chapters on Moodle for your use

Reading:

1-"Making Change" in Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes, Oral History and Public Memory (2008), pp. 207-252--I didn't put this up in Moodle, so we will discuss it next week, the readings for next week will be up in Moodle tonight. 10/20.

2-"Quality in the Work" and "Narrative in the News Organization" in Telling True Stories, pp. 125-162 & 227-262.

3-"Community in Women's Words, Women's Words Moodle.

Discussion Leads: Yessica, Taylor, Reina, Paola, Ivan

Work Due:

1-Reading & Class Discussion

2-Brief Reading Summaries

3-Proposed Interview Schedule

Week #9: 27 October

Recording Equipment, Interview Summaries, Appointments

Reading:

1-"Intro," "A Strange Grief" and "Politics of Memory" in Alessandro Portelli, The Order has been Carried Out (2003), pp. 1-20 & 204-276. (Moodle)

Reading from Last week, in Moodle:

2-"Making Change" in Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes, Oral History and Public Memory (2008), pp. 207-252--I didn't put this up in Moodle, so we will discuss it next week, the readings for next week will be up in Moodle tonight. 10/20.

Discussion Leads: Danny, Matt, Alison, Andrew

Work Due:

1-Reading & Class Discussion

2-Brief Reading Summaries

3-Recording Equipment

Week #10: 3 November

No Class/ Appointments

Come by the Office with any questions about your projects.

Individual Appointments in Office (and please drop in with questions or problems). These appointments are not optional, please do not miss your appointment.

(Appointment Schedule) Appointments in the Office

Work Due:

1-Interviews

Week #11: 10 November

No Class/ Appointments

Come by the Office with any questions about your projects.

Individual Appointments in Office (and please drop in with questions or problems). These appointments are not optional, please do not miss your appointment.

(Appointment Schedule) Appointments in the Office

Work Due:

1-Interviews

#3/ Transcription & Summaries

Week #12: 10 November-back in Class!

Reading:

Reading: "Editing" in Telling True Stories, pp. 197-226.

Class Discussion, Project Progress, and Interview Summaries.

Your Interview Summaries will be due anytime between this week and Wednesday 23 November by 5 PM. You can email your summaries as an attached word file.

Week #13: No Class, Thanksgiving

Interview Summaries & Audio Due by Wednesday 11/23, 5PM. You can email them.

#4/ Telling Stories

Week #14: 1 December-What have you found?

Work Due:

1-Project Presentations - Outlines with Presentations

2-send Audio/ Video Clip by Monday 28 November

You will have about 10-15 minutes to tell your story, and please allow time so we can hear a part of your interview--I will have the interviews ready, and will put them on our web page (from the clip you send me). Make a statement based on what you have learned, and give us some examples, including the most surprising. What was your best moment--why? (Be here both for your own story, as well as others)

Week #15: 8 December-What have you found?

Work Due:

1-Project Presentations

2-send Audio/ Video Clip by Week 14

3-6-7 page Essay on Process of Oral History

You will have about 10-15 minutes to tell your story, and please allow time so we can hear a part of your interview--I will have the interviews ready, and will put them on our web page (from the clip you send me). Make a statement based on what you have learned, and give us some examples, including the most surprising. What was your best moment--why? (Be here both for your own story, as well as others)

 Week #16: 15 December

Finals' Week No Class--10 Page paper due by 5 PM, Thursday--turn in to the Department Office