This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or for those who plan to enroll. The documentary arts—photography, video, audio, oral history, writing, ethnography, community partnerships—are interdisciplinary and multifaceted in nature, encompassing many genres and numerous means of interacting with the world and its people. We emphasize not only methodologies but also philosophies and ethics of fieldwork in different settings. Students will explore examples of documentary work and, at the final meeting, will present project ideas of their own. From term to term, instructors for this course may vary. (20 hours/All Levels)
is a folklorist, writer, and anti-racism educator. She is the executive director of NC Folk Life, and the secretary of the North Carolina Folklore Society. She also consults with individuals and groups on a variety of topics—her specialties include using oral history, experiential learning, and creativity to bridge community divisions, develop identity, and combat prejudice. Salyers's personal fieldwork includes documenting life histories, writing poetry from family stories, and collaborating with members of a modern performance community.
A $10 materials fee is due at the first class.