Oral Histories

In “What Are Oral Histories and Why Are They Important,” Susie Dalton describes oral histories as ‘the first kind of history.’ Our communities and families share their experiences through story telling. 

Today, we’re going to pretend that we’re taking an oral history of this course. In your groups, generate a list of questions (at least ten) that you think would capture the experience of being a student here at Stout and in this class. As you develop you questions consider:

  • formulating open ended questions that elicit long, detailed answers.
  • focusing some of your questions to explore one aspect of the experience, i.e., gender, sexual orientation, family background, region. 
  • developing questions that connect student experiences in the classroom to their experiences outside the classroom.
  • addressing connections to current events, such as the pandemic. 

Finally, consider who would be interested in an oral history of this class. What organizations, individuals, or researchers would find an oral history of WGS210 interesting? 

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