In addition to daily responses to readings
(which may be presented in oral, written, visual, or multimedia
form), participants will complete three projects:
1. Study of a campus memorial.
Stanford University is itself a memorial—founded in the memory
of Leland Stanford, Jr. In addition, the campus is home to a number
of additional memorials. For this project, each participant will
choose a campus memorial to study and observe. One goal of this
project is for you to present the memorial to our class, providing
full information about its history and analyzing the way in which
the medium in which the memorial is cast affects your understanding
and experience of it. Due September 6 in class.
2. An exploration of one particular
memory. For this project, participants will select
an instantiation of memory (various song lyrics describing or remembering
a particular event or person; competing historical accounts of an
event or person; one or more rememberings in the visual arts; the
remembered portrayal of an event, person, or object in film/video
and in print or another medium) and analyze just how the particular
medium/media through which the memory is transmitted influences
and shapes public and individual memory. This project may be presented
in writing or in mixed media. Due September 11 in class.
3. Multimedia memoir. The seminar will culminate
with presentation of your multimedia memoirs, in which you attempt
to capture or render a vivid memory of an important event or person
or scene in your life, using at least two media. You might, for
example, begin by writing about a vividly-remembered event in your
life; then recording the piece of writing in your own or multiple
voices; then illustrating it with visual images; then adding a sound
track and producing the entire piece in a CD. You will have 20 minutes
during the last day/s of class to make a presentation based on this
memoir. Due September 16/17 in class.