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The History Dialogues Project is an applied history blended-learning course that employs online and offline teaching and learning environments to bring together Potsdam students with learners on different campuses around the world, including but not limited to Princeton University, Science Po, Kepler in Rwanda and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative in Kiryandongo, Uganda. Students are being trained in oral historical methods to conduct their own history research projects and discuss the results within the class and beyond. The topics that students choose to research are taken from their own surroundings, employing their local expertise in finding oral history interview partners to tell a global story. Designed to introduce students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to a toolbox of approaches to research, writing, and presenting that allows students to frame, conduct, and present their own oral history research projects under the guidance of the teaching staff, the online classroom brings together teams of refugee learners in camps and urban settings and host country students at several sites across four continents. The transnational, digital setup helps students not only access the class discussions and see topics from the perspectives of their diverse classmates, but also to problem solve together and gain confidence and facility interacting in a digital and international environment.
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NB: To take this class, please send an email as soon as possible to Kate Reed firstname.lastname@example.org who will then guide you through the process of signing onto the course platform Canvas. The first twenty students to sign up will be accepted to the class.
Abrams, L. (2010). Oral History Theory. London New York, Routledge.Cooper, B. M. (2005). Oral Sources and the Challenge of African history. Writing African History. J. E. Philips. Rochester, NY, University of Rochester Press: 191-215.De Blasio, D., Charles F. Ganzert, David H. Mould, Stephen H. Paschen, Howard L. Sacks, Ed. (2009). Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History. Athens, OH, Swallow Press / Ohio University Press.Freund, A., Alistair Thomson, Ed. (2011). Oral History and Photography. Palgrave Studies in Oral History. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.Yow, V. (1995). "Ethics and Interpersonal Relationships in Oral History Research." The Oral History Review 22(1): 51-66.
Students participate in all four sections of the course and are expected to write reading responses, discussion forum contributions, design their own research project, undertake fieldwork and produce and present a final product. The details are set out in the syllabus. The final products can result in academic papers or visual presentations (for example, websites, exhibitions, and videos). The research findings will be presented both locally and in front of the international student body of this course.
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