Uses of the Past - Archives in Science

CLLC-L 220 / CLASS 13487 — Spring 2023

Edmondson Hall C110
Days and Times
M/W 10:20 a.m. - 11:35 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Archives are the record that serves as a source to understand the past. Though we may think of archives in the traditional sense as a collection of print materials that have been produced, collected, and preserved by people, this course will explore the archives produced by nature (geologic records, bodies, genomes, galaxies) and how they offer insight to the history of species, the planet, and the universe, as well as non-traditional archives of human history (architecture, objects, landscapes, art), and how science may help us better use these materials to learn about our own past. Ultimately, we will see how traditional cultural history and the historical sciences inform each other in theory and method, and why it is important to learn about the past while scrutinizing how we may do that.

Instructor: Ann Campbell

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (B