College Course Development

Case Study Highlight: The Visual History Archive in the Classroom

Faculty Name:
Colin Keaveney, Assistant Professor, French and Italian
Institution Name:
University of Southern California

Professor Keaveney’s upper level French course explores themes of love, loss, collective and personal memory, and modernity through readings of French literary texts, theoretical readings, films, poems, and songs. One of the texts used in the class is the French novel Dora Bruder, which tells the story of a young girl who was sent to Auschwitz. The book combines different aspects of memory, loss, life, chronology, and French history, and reconstructs what the girl’s life may have been like, even though very little is known about her.

List of courses taught around the world using archive testimony

A total of 616 courses at 59 universities have drawn upon the Institute’s testimonies in more than 25 academic disciplines. The courses demonstrate the range of topics and themes that the Institute’s archive of video testimonies can help illuminate. Use the table below to see what the trends are for testimony-enhanced courses taught at colleges and universities around the world.

Institution Course Title Department/Discipline Term Instructor
Freie Universität Berlin Selected Topics on the History of Public Communication: Image-Text Journalism History 2007 Winter Bernd Sösemann
Freie Universität Berlin The Holocaust as a Subject for History Teaching and the Teaching of History Education 2009 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Migrations to and from Latin America, 1850-2000 History 2011 Winter Michael Goebel
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era Jewish Studies 2011 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Transnational Migration and Interwoven History Latin American Studies 2007 Winter Franka Bendemagel, Birgit zur Nienden
Freie Universität Berlin What Christians can learn from Judaism! Impetus for new ways of teaching Catholic Theology 2009 Summer Michael Brinkhoff
Freie Universität Berlin Nation, Identity and Memorial Cultures: Italy and Germany in Comparison Political Science 2011 Winter Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Expelled! Polish Jews Deported out of Berlin in 1938 East European Studies 2014 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin "Spielberg" Film Studies 2008 Summer Bernhard Gross
Freie Universität Berlin History Still Smoking? Introduction to the Teaching of History Education 2009 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Practical History History 2011 Winter Irmgard Zündorf
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era: The Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Cinema for Historians: History in Film History 2008 Summer Ina Ulrike Paul
Freie Universität Berlin Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2008 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2009 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin The Church and the Holocaust Catholic Theology 2011 Winter Markus Thurau
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin European Cultures of Remembrance in Comparison Political Science 2008 Spring Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Learning about the History of the Holocaust in Memorials: Planning and realization of a school field trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial Education 2009 Winter Juliane Brauer
Freie Universität Berlin Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Places of Remembrance on National Socialism in Berlin Berlin and Germany Studies for International Guest Students 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Image and Text Sources in Competence-Oriented History Classes History 2008 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Sinti and Roma under National Socialism and Photography of the Holocaust Sociology 2009 Winter Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2011 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Conveying History in the Internet Public History 2015 Summer Christine Bartlitz
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2008 Summer Helgard Kramer
Freie Universität Berlin Politics and Conflicts of Memory. Ways of Dealing with the Two World Wars in Europe History 2009 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin Book Project – Political Prisoners in the Oranienburdg and Sachsenhausen camps Political Science 2012 Summer Siegfried Mielke, Stefan Heinz
Freie Universität Berlin The Expelling of Polish Jews out of Berlin in 1938. History of Experiences, Archive Research, Making Visible East European Studies 2015 Summer Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Qualitative Research Methodologies in the Social Sciences Political Science 2008 Summer Sabine Pokorny
Freie Universität Berlin Propaganda in National Socialism History 2009 Winter Bernd Sösemann
Freie Universität Berlin Dawn of Modernism. The History of Reform Judaism Jewish Studies 2012 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Identity in the Modern Era: The Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Testimonies and Memorial Pedagogy Political Science 2008 Summer Christian Geissler Jagodzinski, Katharina Obens
Freie Universität Berlin Studying History in Film: Cultural Perspectives and Methodology History 2009 Winter Martin Lücke, Christine Gundermann
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2012 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Places of Remembrance on National Socialism in Berlin Berlin and Germany Studies for International Guest Students 2015 Winter Lars Breuer
Freie Universität Berlin Culture of Commemoration of the Victims of Nationalsocialism, "Holocaust Education" and the Usage of Witness Testimonies in the Historical, Political and Theological Educational Work Catholic Theology 2008 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel, Matthias Blum
Freie Universität Berlin Theory, Methodology & History of the Science of History History 2009 Winter Oliver Janz
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2012 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Conveying History in the Internet Public History 2015 Winter Christine Bartlitz
Freie Universität Berlin The Jewish Confirmation of Girls and Boys - On the Question of Gender in 19th and Early 20th Century Judaism Jewish Studies 2008 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Jewish Studies 2009 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Autobiographical memory and mental disorders Psychology 2010 Summer Babette Renneberg
Freie Universität Berlin The Nazi-Era and the Holocaust in Children and Youth Literature Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2012 Summer Fabian Wendler
Freie Universität Berlin The Expelling of Polish Jews out of Berlin in 1938. History of Experiences, Archive Research, Making Visible East European Studies 2015 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Contemporary Jewish History: Jewish Berlin - Module Jewish Studies 2006 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Between Zeitgeist and Propaganda: Testimonies & Documents on the National Socialist Era Political Science 2008 Winter Johannes Schlootz
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning with the Visual History Archive History 2010 Summer Martin Lücke

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