Texas Communities Oral History Project Featured in the TCU Skiff!

Today’s edition of the TCU Skiff includes a front-page article on the Texas Communities Oral History Project, along with  a short video on TCU 360!
For more information on the project, click here.

Unfortunately, the sale of the house referenced in the piece may be falling through, but the larger oral history project will continue, beginning with the first classes in Spring 2013.  We will be collaborating with Rev. Kyev Tatum of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society, and other community partners.

Students who want to participate must co-enroll in (sign up for both of) the following courses:

HIST 30803 – Recent U.S. Urban History: Race, Space, and Community Activism

Using books, articles, and seminar discussions, students will be introduced to recent U.S. urban history, with a focus on race and racism as well as theories of community activism and grassroots social movements.  Students will complete weekly reading journals, two synthetic essays, and a semester-long small-group library and archival research project on urban community activism.  The course fulfills upper-division credit for the History major or minor, the Urban Studies minor, and the Latina/o Studies minor.  It also satisfies Cultural Awareness (CA) or Citizenship and Social Values (CSV) TCU Core Curriculum requirements.  Students must enroll in both this course and HIST 30813.

HIST 30813 – Oral History Field Research Seminar

This service-learning field research course introduces students to community-based research and oral history theory and methodology, including interviewing techniques and debates within the discipline.  Students will conduct extensive independent research outside the comfortable confines of the university.  With the professor’s guidance, and in collaboration with community partners, students will hit the pavement to interview Fort Worth-area community activists and leaders.  They will then compile and interpret the results and finally synthesize their findings by creating a multimedia website. Students must enroll in both this course and HIST 30803.

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