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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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HIST 393 Oral History: Theory, Methods, Practice (1)

This course is an introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of oral history. Students will explore how scholars have used oral history to reconstruct the experiences of individuals, groups, and communities. Course themes include controversial debates and objectives of oral history; insider/outsider status and other methodological challenges; oral history as advocacy and empowerment; interpreting oral source material; historical memory and the politics of remembering; life histories; and oral narratives and performance. Students will design, conduct, present their own oral history projects.

Prerequisites: Juniors of Senior Status, or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Murillo