This course examines Rochester through the lens of industrialization, immigration, technological innovation, and environmental change between the 1890s and 1990s. By examining these changes, students will have a better appreciation for the way historical forces shape a contemporary sense of place. Students will contribute photos, maps, and stories to an online archive of Rochester history.
The course uses both literary arts and social geography, storytelling and creative mapping, to explore both fictional and real places. Students will read literature that uses spatial dimensions not only to indicate a destination and point of origin, but to create place Through community-based research, students will explore a Rochester community, story-mapping its complex histories, social networks, and contemporary environments. Using literary geography, students will integrate their writing into a final mosaic project–a collaborative digital “community map.”
This class examines Rochester from the days of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony through more recent times. Students will read widely on the memory and meaning of Rochester reformers, consider the social and political impact of reform struggles locally and nationally, and contribute to an online archive about Rochester history.