“History in the News” Presentation Guidelines

“History in the News” Presentation Guidelines

Over the course of the summer session, you’re expected to give two informal “History in the News” presentations. I’ve put together some instructions for them below. Both of your presentations are due before the second-to-last class meeting – June 19th.

  • Find a current story in the news that involve debates over history, memory, and the shared past. What a good story? That is entirely up to you. As we learned reading Rosenzweig and Thelen’s national survey results, we interact with the past constantly throughout the lives. You may choose to focus on a local debate (the destruction of an old building in your neighborhood) or a international one (Who owns the Senkaku Islands)? You may even follow your own idiosyncratic interests and present a story that relates to our class in an unpredictable way, such as how Godzilla movies have evolved to reflect modern anxieties.
  • Email you news story to me (jg7138a@american.edu) a few hours before class time. Include a few sentences in the email explaining why the story interested you, and why you think it relates to what we’re exploring in class.
  • Present the news story to the class. As I mention on the syllabus, this shouldn’t be a formal presentation. You don’t even need to get out of your chair. I’ll post the story on the course website and project it in the classroom so we can look at it together. You’ll need to give the classmates an overview of the story, explain why it interested you, and describe why you think it relates to the big ideas of our class.