The Infusion of Oral History into the Arts Curriculum: Telling Stories and Creating Art

By:
Dr Deanne Stephens Nuwer
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When students listen to Oral histories, they are learning multiple skills, including synthesis and categorizing. By combining oral histories into an art class, the teacher can ask students to stretch their imaginations and listen and create at the same time. By showing the results of such a project, I hope to introduce one more avenue of imaginative exploration to the arts curriculum. I will talk about collecting oral histories, the legal wranglings of oral history, and how to incorporate into the arts curriculum for an exciting adventure that is multidisciplinary.


Keywords: Oral History, Arts Curriculum, Multidisciplinary Interaction
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Deanne Stephens Nuwer

Assistant Professor of History, History Department, University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA

My research involves oral history collection that explores the cultures of various groups and communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I am particulary interested in how to tell the story of culture through the use of oral histories in secondary classroom settings. Students can appreciate history and their cultures more if they hear them on a first-hand basis. I have several articles, including one in the Journal of Mississippi History on the Biloxi, Mississippi Seafood Strike of 1932 and one in the Southeastern Political Science Journal on women's particiaption in the American legislature. My manuscript on the 1878 yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi is currently under review at Univeristy Press of Mississippi.

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