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  • EAV 300 Virtues in the Public Square
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    Virtues in the Public Square is an education initiative of the Religious Freedom Institute. The curriculum draws on the insights of two dozen scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The lessons translate the classical traditions of virtue for modern audiences. Rooted in the transformative power of Love and in service to the greater public, the project is a potent antidote to rising political strife and polarization. The curriculum models how our many spiritual paths can overlap to collectively forge a common good.

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  • HUM 301 Introduction to Oral History
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    Oral History is an accessible research methodology that provides everyday stories with a place in the historical record. In this interactive course, you will uncover the origins of oral history as a distinct research methodology and learn what steps you need to take to begin your project. You will also discover the ways the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life uses oral history as a means to explore the diversity of lived religions in Texas. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 302 Oral History and Social Justice
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    Oral History is a tool for documenting and preserving marginalized stories that would otherwise go unheard. This course will teach you how to use oral history as a method and tool for social justice and social change. You will delve into the many ethical concerns of oral history projects and learn how to approach them with care, compassion, and trauma awareness. Finally, you will examine the work of influential scholars, practitioners, and projects to help you evaluate the many ways oral history may promote social change. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 303 Oral History Project Planning
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    In this course, you will cultivate the skills required to design an ethically-guided oral history project. You will reflect on what you hope to learn from your project and build a plan that satisfies your goals. You will develop interview strategies, prepare for your first encounters with potential narrators, and review the Formal Agreement (or Release Forms) needed to conduct oral history interviews. This course will empower you to
    • Design an oral history project and plan for its organization, accountability and ethical integrity;
    • Recognize the necessary components of Formal Agreements (or Release Form) and learn about informed consent;
    • Prepare an interview guide and identify and secure interviewees; and
    • Conduct pre-interviews and background research.
    Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 304 Conducting Oral History Interviews
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    Oral History interviewing is an incredibly gratifying experience, but having someone share their most cherished memories with you also comes with a lot of responsibilities. Through this course, you will learn interview techniques and best practices to sustain this work. You will learn about subjectivity and intersubjectivity, self-care for the interviewer, and how to frame questions so narrators can tell their story on their own terms. At the same time, you will learn to set professional boundaries to hold both you and your narrators with care. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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  • HUM 305 Archiving and Curating Oral Histories
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    Oral historians employ various tools to develop their archives, engage communities, and creatively work toward social change. In this course, you will learn tips and tricks for processing and organizing oral histories for the archive. We will review the importance of metadata, provide how-to’s for transcription, discuss ways to design an accessible archive, talk with an expert in the field, and explore a range of projects that creatively present oral histories for social change. Skills: Analytical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Diversity, Empathy, Oral History, Research, Resilience Time: Non-Credit: 3 hours Level: College, Graduate, Professional Development
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