Oral History for Social Change (APA2453.02)

Alisa Del Tufo

In a world filled with algorithms and “big data”, are the stories that express our experiences and values still important? How can we promote the use of narratives when our stories can be used in ways that are neither ethical nor supportive of our vision for change? This class will share ways that oral history and narrative can be used to promote equity and empathy that challenge oppression and racism and can support the creation of stronger communities and a more peaceful world. We will study various forms of storytelling including how oral histories are being used in performance as well as international truth and reconciliation processes.

This class will provide you with skills and insights needed to incorporate oral history and narrative in order to advance justice, build empathy, and move social justice projects forward. Participants will learn about how narrative and oral history methods are being used to build alliances, center marginalized voices and identify real strategies for change. You will learn basic skills needed to do community-based, anti-oppression oral history.

Students will select a project of their own to implement the ideas and skills they will learn about in class.


Learning Outcomes:
What is oral history/what is narrative: background and current manifestations
What are ethical practices that support social justice
Technology, editing, the interview, sharing strategies, community engagement
What does it mean to say that oral history supports social change
Arts, performance and oral history

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Fully In-Person , Peace Studies