ENGL261 - Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin American Communities in the USA and Britain

This is a project-based course, aimed at recording oral histories of Caribbean American and Latin American communities in the Washington metropolitan area.  At the beginning of the course, we will discuss interview and oral history techniques.  From the end of the second/beginning of the third week of the course, you will be expected to begin interviewing a contact in the Latin American or Caribbean community.  Interviewees/narrators will be approved by the course instructor, who will assist with identifying individuals if students find it difficult to do so independently.  Students will record and videotape oral histories, transcribe these stories and begin writing them as oral histories.

This course is being offered in coordination with Professor Conrad James at the Department of Latin American Studies, Birmingham University, UK.  Using Canvas and video conferencing facilities, the two classes (in the U.S.A. and U.K.) will share comments about interviews and interview transcripts. Read this article for further information about this new course.

This course is being offered as a 200-level course and may also be taken by English majors as a 300-level, with a different set of requirements. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361. Part of the University of Maryland Global Classrooms Initiative.