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 630 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
Charles University Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe Prague Area Studies 2014 Summer Jiří Kocian, Kateřina Králová
Charles University Memory as a Subject in Sociology Sociology 2012 Winter Jakub Mlynář
Charles University Natural Language Processing Applications Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics 2014 Summer Vladimír Kuboň
Charles University Teaching Homeland Studies Civics Education and Philosophy 2014 Summer Michaela Dvořáková
Charles University Sources and Manifestations of anti-Semitism in contemporary Czech society Cultural Studies 2013 Spring Marcela Zoufalá
Charles University Identity Between Memory and Narrative Sociology 2014 Winter Jakub Mlynář
Clark University Collective Memory and Mass Violence History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2015 Fall Thomas Kuehne
Clark University Collective Memory and Mass Violence History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2016 Spring Thomas Kuehne
Clark University Gender, War, and Genocide in 20th Century Europe History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2016 Spring Thomas Kuehne
Clark University Nazi Germany and the Holocaust History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2010 Spring Thomas Kuehne
Clark University Gender, War, and Genocide in 20th Century Europe History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2012 Fall Thomas Kuehne
Columbia University The Holocaust and American Culture History 2012 Fall Rebecca Kobrin
Columbia University American Jewish History History 2013 Fall Rebecca Kobrin
Dartmouth College Film Studies Los Angeles Film & Media Studies 2014 Winter Mark Williams
Democritus University of Thrace European History II Political Science 2012 Spring Giorgos Antoniou
Drexel University Witness to Atrocity Art History 2015 Spring Linda Kim
Duke University The Holocaust History, Jewish Studies 2015 Spring Eve Duffy
Duke University The Holocaust History, Jewish Studies 2016 Spring Eve Duffy
Duke University Genocide History 2007 Fall Claudia Koons
Duke University Genocide in the 20th Century History 2010 Spring Claudia Koonz
Duke University The Holocaust Jewish Studies 2007 Fall Claudia Koons
Duke University Weimar and Nazi Germany History 2011 Spring Claudia Koonz
Duke University Genocide in the 20th Century History 2012 Spring Claudia Koonz
Duke University The Holocaust Jewish Studies 2014 Spring Eve Duffy
Eötvös Loránd University Video/testimonies in Education - Teaching and Learning with Testimony Educational Psychology 2015 Spring Aletta Forrás-Biró
Eötvös Loránd University Video/testimonies in Education - Teaching and Learning with Testimony Educational Psychology 2015 Fall Aletta Forrás-Biró
Eötvös Loránd University Video/testimonies in Education - Teaching and Learning with Testimony Educational Psychology 2016 Spring Aletta Forrás-Biró
Eötvös Loránd University Antisemitism Sociology 2015 Fall Ildiko Barna
Eötvös Loránd University Antisemitism Sociology 2016 Fall Ildiko Barna
Eötvös Loránd University Antisemitism, Racism, Hate Speech Sociology 2015 Fall Ildiko Barna
Eötvös Loránd University Antisemitism, Racism, Hate Speech Sociology 2016 Fall Ildiko Barna
Eötvös Loránd University Video/testimonies in Education - Teaching and Learning with Testimony Educational Psychology 2013 Fall Aletta Forrás-Biró
Eötvös Loránd University Video/testimonies in Education - Teaching and Learning with Testimony Educational Psychology 2014 Fall Aletta Forrás-Biró
Fachhochschule Potsdam Persecution of the Jews During the National Socialism Information Science 2009 Winter Susanne Freund
Fachhochschule Potsdam History Education – Oral History Library and Information Sciences / Archives 2012 Summer Susanne Freund
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2014 Fall Alan L. Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2015 Fall Alan L. Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2012 Fall Alan Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2009 Fall Alan Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2013 Fall Alan Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2010 Fall Alan Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2010 Spring Alan Berger
Florida Atlantic University The Holocaust Jewish Studies, History 2011 Fall Alan Berger
Florida International University The Holocaust Religious Studies 2009 Spring Oren Stier
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Cultural Studies II: Remembering WWII and the Holocaust—Representations and Practices in British Culture Institute for English Philology 2007 Winter Zeno Ackermann
Freie Universität Berlin Biographical Research and Oral History History 2009 Summer Patrick Merzinger
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Racial Hygiene and Medical Experiments of SS Doctors in Auschwitz Sociology 2011 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Lifestories and Collective Memory ("Visual History Archive" of the Shoah Foundation Institute) Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2007 Winter Irmela von der Lühe
Freie Universität Berlin Germany, the Holocaust and Europe Political Science 2009 Summer Götz Aly
Freie Universität Berlin Personal Testimony and Remembrance Culture Concerning National Socialism History 2011 Summer Sabine Grenz, Lars Deile

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