“Migration is a constant in human history and laden with cultural implications. In virtually any locale the movement in of people has occurred. Those migrations are not always at the forefront of the historical memory of a place. In this course students will investigate migration into the community or communities surrounding their campus. Once an in-migration group is identified the students will work to discover the cultural contributions brought to bear on their communities. This movement may have happened at any time in the community’s history. By thinking creatively and broadly students will find groups in their regions and identify the contributions of those one-time newcomers to the life and culture in those places. Students are asked to consider how migrant culture broadly defined may have influenced music, culinary traditions, labor relations, craft and art, agriculture, architecture, or religion. By bringing to life these stories the students’ crossroads projects will rescue forgotten local history from obscurity.”
The Cultural Crossroads course invites its students to dive deep into local history to explore how immigration and migration have shaped their communities. Each team of student historians was tasked with developing a project website, showcasing their research and explaining the unique stories being discovered across america. The course is co-led by Dr. Leland Turner of Midwestern State University and Dr. Alvis Dunn the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with techinical support provided by Leah Tams, COPLACDigital Program Associate at the University of Mary Washington.
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