FYS-103 Bringing the Past into the Present

Instructor: Assoc Provost for Faculty Dev & Academic Tech Initiatives, Dean of Social Sciences Julia A. Hendon
Department: Provost's Office

Course Description:
Why do some people find the presence of the Confederate flag deeply offensive while others claim it as central to their identity? Why are some people and their deeds always covered in history classes and others are not? How do historians and archaeologists use the information gathered through their research to communicate accurately, responsibly, and engagingly about history? This seminar introduces you to how to do research based on primary sources and artifacts. It gives you a chance to discuss and debate the larger issues and conflicts surrounding the complex process of understanding and analyzing the past. And it introduces you to public history, or the presentation of an evidence based understanding of the past to the general public.