Liza Rognas (Office: Library 3310; Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10-12, CAB rognasL@evergreen.edu; phone: 360.867.5851
Peg Tysver (Office: Seminar I 4164; Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10-12, CAB firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 360.867.5911
Rob Lynam (The Academic Advisor Connected to Our Program) Office: Lib 1409; email@example.com; phone: 360.867.6421
Amy Greene (The Academic Computing Instructor) Office: Lib 2417; firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 360.867.6219
Ed Echtle (VP of the Olympia Historical Society) email@example.com
Art of Local History is a quarter long program, focused on the exploration of the role of the historian as an individual with creative vision, as a collector and interpreter of communal memories and as an agent of action and change in communities. We will act as artists, historians, activists, critical readers and thinkers, writers and involved members of our community.
Artists and historians both work within the bounds of culture to communicate alternative ways of knowing, both personal and communal. With the understanding of history as the production of cultural memory, we will investigate how stories are transmitted through literature, art and museums. Through an examination of the role of perspective in the telling of history, we will question the foundations of knowledge and the problems such questions create for historians. We will also read books and selected articles that examine themes of power in society, along with fiction and historical readings that will inform our sense of place in the Pacific Northwest. As an expression of these themes, we will create interdisciplinary exhibition elements and web sites with content that blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. Our work here will focus on the Pacific Northwest and on social histories, and the ways in which these local histories are related to national and international economic, political and social forces. Writing will be focused on research, seminar essays, autobiography and interpretive writing workshops. Studio sessions will consist of developing proficiencies in graphic design technologies, exhibit design, web development and design, drawing, photography, collage, and book arts.
A major focus of the quarter's work will be creating web based exhibits related to themes in local history that will become a permanent part of the Olympia Historical Society website. During the quarter we will also learn bookbinding in order to create an autobiography. A wide variety of experts and activists in local history will share their experiences with students and act as mentors for our real world projects. We will learn about, visit and understand the role of museums and see significant places in our local and regional area that relate to broader themes in art and history.
Fall Quarter Syllabus
Weekly Schedule (Refer to detailed calendar for studio and workshop schedule)
10:00am-11:00pm Office Hours Room: CAB 2nd floor
11:00-12:30 Seminar Room: LIB 2219 & 2220
1:30-5:00pm Lecture and Visiting Speakers Room: Lab I 1040
10:00am-11:00pm Office Hours Room: CAB 2nd floor
11:00-12:30 Seminar Room: LIB 2219 & 2220
2:30-5:00 Art Workshop Room: Lab I 1050
10:00-12:00pm Computer Workshop Room: GCC Mac Lab
12:30-3:30 Academic Workshops Room: COM 308
Note: Refer to your detailed weekly schedule on a daily basis for activities, trips, and changes.
Allan Johnson, Privilege. Power and Difference
Ficken and LeWarne, A Centennial History of Washington (we have ordered this for you)
John Okada and Lawson Fusao Inada, No-No Boy
Lawrence Wechsler, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders
Key Concepts of the Quarter
This quarter’s work is designed to help you:
Question the foundations of knowledge, and the role of
At the end of the quarter, you will write a self-evaluation in which you reflect on your learning for the quarter. You will then have an evaluation conference with your Seminar Leader where we will share our perspectives on the quarter’s work. At your evaluation conference, you and your seminar leader will review your self-evaluation and the faculty authored evaluation for your transcript. You must submit a faculty evaluation and program evaluation at the end of the program to receive credit and official transcripts.
You will earn full credit for doing the minimum requirements for the program—being prepared by having done your readings, attending all program activities, collaborating effectively within your group, and completing project assignments. The quality of your work and its strengths and weaknesses will be reflected in your evaluation. If you do not meet the minimum requirements and complete all of your work, you will lose credit. Credit awards are not the equivalent of grades, but are based on fulfilling the requirements of the program. We will give you mid-quarter notice and schedule a conference if we feel you are in danger of losing credit.
You are expected to attend, be on time, and participate in all of the class sessions and writing tutor appointments. If you find that you will need to be late or absent for any reason, advance notice is required. Absence from three or more class sessions will result in reduced credit, and we will schedule a conference to discuss your attendance. You are required to have an Evergreen email account and check it twice weekly for announcements and information related to the program.
The Art of Local History is a full-time program for 16 credits, which is equivalent to 4 or 5 college courses. You should anticipate having to work on readings and projects for 1.5-2 hours outside of class for every hour spent in class, for a total of approximately 40 hours a week. Your level of preparation will be reflected in your questions and comments in seminar and group work and in the quality and depth of your projects.
Collaborating with group members is a critical part of Evergreen life, and the learning of everyone in the program is directly related to each other’s preparation, engagement, and contributions. We’ll be doing a lot of work to build group communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills. We will be monitoring groups closely and getting frequent updates on your work together, and will incorporate group evaluations into the program to help ensure a smooth process.
All assignments are due on time. If you expect to be absent, your work is still due via email. All assignments must be typed in 12 point, 1.5 space between lines (it’s easier for us and your response groups to write comments that way.) Please back up all computer work. A “crash” or a lost file is tragic, but is not an excuse for late work.
You should get a notebook or portfolio in which you can keep all of your personal work as the quarter progresses, including rough drafts of work. An organized and contextualized research and writing portfolio will be due with your self-evaluation at the end of the quarter. We will give you a detailed guide about what is expected of your portfolio, and we'll have several work sessions in class to develop them. Collecting your work this way helps you see the progress you’ve made, and helps us determine your process and growth throughout the quarter.
At your evaluation conference, you are required to submit a self evaluation and faculty evaluation. Credit will not be awarded until all evaluations by the student are complete.
You are welcome to come and discuss assignments, problems, requests or suggestions about anything at any time. You can also discuss any concerns or ideas with Rob Lynam, the Academic Advisor assigned to our program. All of our contact information is listed above. You can get assistance in the Writing Center during your required weekly appointment with the writing tutors who will be working with our program.
In addition to seeing you in class, we will be keeping in touch with everyone in the program via email. We will be using your Evergreen email address, so if you would like mail forwarded to your personal account, make arrangements in the Computer Center. Please check your mail twice during the week—we will be checking ours daily. Much of our program communication, notices, etc. will also happen through our program web site, which you can find by going to http://www.academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/artlocal.
There are many more resources available in addition to those listed here—just let us know what you need and we’ll hook you up. The most important thing to remember about getting help is seeking it out as soon as you think you need it—it’s what we’re all here for.
Primetime Academic Support Center
Is located in “A” Dorm, room 205, Phone x: 5112
Writing tutors available 6 to 10 pm Sunday through Wednesday, Academic Advisor available 6 to 9 pm Monday and Tuesday.
Is located in Library 3407. Phone x: 6420
Quantitative Reasoning Center
Is located in LIB 3402,on the 3rd floor of the library next to the Writing Resource Center. Phone ext: 5547.