Oral History, Labors of Waste, and the Values of Knowledge

This class uses oral history to consider the role of unappreciated labor and invisible knowledge in an urban setting.  Working in collaboration with current and former members of New York City’s Department of Sanitation, we will explore the dynamics of a historically significant work force to consider overlooked elements of the city’s past, to become acquainted with the complexities of a vital but largely hidden infrastructure, and to uncover narratives that reveal a dynamic , culturally rich, and often unseen community.  This class is run through the Draper Program and is not cross-listed with Archives and Public History.

Instructor

Robin Nagle

Syllabus

Fall 2013

Oral History, Labors of Waste, and the Value of Knowledge syllabus

Course Number

GA.1527/DRAP-GA.3003.002

Credits

4.0

Concentration

Archives or Public History

Required?

No

Semester Offered

Fall

Frequency

Annually

Prerequisites

None

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