Differences between memory and history

Students in COMS 414 about listen to a Holocaust survivor speak at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photo credit: Michael Garlich

Story by W. Max Esterhuizen

With first-person, eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust fading away, School of Communication Associate Professor Sandy French sought to continue the discussion of public memory by creating a course that studies memory, history and challenges in communicating historical events.

COMS 414 - Critical Analysis of Public Discourse, which focuses on the Holocaust, was developed back in 2015 when French was selected through a competitive process to travel to Berlin for research on Holocaust museums, monuments and memorials. The research led French to the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar in January 2016, where she was one of 20 educators to attend the weeklong event.

In the course's second iteration, the group attended the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. on March 16 with funding from High Impact Practices.

A unique opportunity

“The trip felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Sarah Derrick from Virginia Beach. “We were able to walk through the museum, listen to a Holocaust Survivor speak, and speak with the museum’s academic staff about the museum and about our projects for class.”

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Apr 6, 2018
School of Communication