October -November 2017
Jewish Community Campus
5801 West 115th Street
Overland Park, Kansas
There are a variety of means and methods to learn about the Holocaust. Each type of source offers something unique and also has its limitations. In this course will learn about different sources as well as how to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
This course, taught by MCHE’s public historian Dr. Shelly Cline, will feature short lectures and exciting class discussions. Sessions will begin at noon and last 75 minutes.
The cost for this five-session course is $50 which includes materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch to eat during the sessions.
October 4, 2017 – Using Primary Sources
During this session, we will look at a selection of primary documents. These are documents that were created by the witnesses or first recorders of these events at about the time they occurred, and include diaries, reports, and newspaper articles. We will learn what is unique about these sources and how they can best be used.
October 11, 2017 – Photographs
Photographs contain a wealth of information that can be used in historical research. Visual images may be used as evidence, for illustration, for comparison and contrast, and for analytical purposes. In this session we will look at a series of photographs and analyze their meanings.
October 18, 2017 – Memoirs
Although an important source of first-hand knowledge, memoirs can also be problematic. This session will examine the merits and pitfalls of memoirs a source.
October 25, 2017 -Movies
Although works of artistic creation, movies and films can tell us a great deal about the attitudes and knowledge during the time of production. This session will look at movies from different times and examine what they tell us about the study of the Holocaust.
November 1, 2017 – Novels
How do memoirs and novels differ? Is there a danger of conflating the two? This session will examine these questions through a selection of novels.