This course, which I’m teaching for the first time in 2019, has been a few years in the making. It’s my attempt at combining discourses–both contemporary and historic–around collective memory within a broader public history context. I hope it can also double as a foundational public history course for early career undergraduate students.
In this iteration, students are working on exhibit text panels for local memorials and monuments. When I teach it in the spring semester, they’ll do more work around Black History Month by going to and documenting events, and will do individual studies of Confederate Memorials from their own counties.
This course benefited greatly from a Biggio Center at Auburn University Course Design grant in summer, 2018 and particularly from the financial and intellectual support of the National Endowment for the Humanities through my participation in the 2019 institute Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere.