This semester, I taught a pair of undergraduate courses on oral history and urban community activism. Together, the courses represented a sort of pilot program for the larger Texas Communities Oral History Project, an effort to collect, preserve, and make publicly accessible in digital form the histories of the state’s African Americans, Mexican Americans, trade unionists, working people, women, and other marginalized groups.
Students in the course spent the semester learning about social change by going off-campus to talk to local community activists. In the last part of the course, they created websites to showcase their findings, including clips from the interviews as well as short interpretive essays. Last night, on May 2, 2013, the students presented their sites at a community dinner in which many of the projects’ narrators and other community members came to TCU’s campus to hear the presentations and participate in a discussion and Q&A. A flyer for the event is included below.
Videos and other links related to the presentations will be available soon, but the site have already gone live. Check them out now: