FYS*101*12 Description

First-Year Seminar

Where are you from? Famous celebrities have been featured in popular television specials where they learn of their fascinating family histories. But what about you? Using archives, historical newspapers, online resources and other clues, students will learn how to use primary documents, oral histories and technology to find out about their own past. The course will explore the roles that historic documents play in tracing one's past. Students will have the opportunity to use augmented reality technology and create virtual exhibits using rare memorabilia used to document the secrets of the past. Through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and independent research, we will work together to tell our family histories. The class will also visit cultural repositories to examine places to discover and access unique resources for research.