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New Course: Telling LGBT History HIST GU 4547

"Telling LGBT History," HIST GU 4547  Instructors: David Eisenbach and Sarah Witte. W 12:10-2PM, 302 Fayerweather. LGBT history is a story that has just begun to be told. By focusing on LGBT history, this course will explore how history gets told to a popular audience. Students will learn the process of telling popular history from gathering archival material, to writing a good story, to presenting it in books, film/television and museum exhibits. Working directly with artifacts in the archives students will learn how to view artifacts with an eye to raising new questions. Students will meet curators, authors, tour guides and Outside of the classroom, students will take a walking tour of LGBT New York and visit the NYPL, the LGBT Community Center National History Archive and the Museum of Sex. This course will explore the issue of protecting historical landmarks by examining the current battle to preserve the Stonewall Inn. filmmakers who tell LGBT history for a living. Students will acquire skills in public history and digital history and apply them by contributing to an upcoming exhibit on LGBT history at Columbia. By exploring and telling the history of LGBT at Columbia, students will learn how to tell history in general. And by learning the process of telling history, students will learn how to read history in a whole new way. 


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