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James N Gregory
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description


Students in this class will participate in a set of historical research projects that are documenting the history of social justice activism in the Pacific Northwest. Civil rights movements, labor unions, and radical organizations have played major roles in defining the political values in the area since the late 1800s. No other region has a more vibrant history of labor and leftwing activism.

The University of Washington History Department is home to a set of online public history projects that examine this history and make it available to the public. Used by more than one million online visitors, these website projects are also taught in high school and college classrooms throughout the region. Students in earlier HIST 498 seminars have been involved in producing these projects. Some have had their research papers published. Please see the class website to learn more:

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a hands-on historical research project. We will not only read about the history of civil rights movements we will be producing historical materials and interpretations that will be valuable to others interested in this subject. There are two major assignments: (1) produce a 15 page research report on an issue, incident, organization, or individual. If you so desire, and if the quality of the work warrants it, these interviews and research reports may be published on the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Project websites. (2) Participate fully in discussions and other class activities. This is very much a group research effort and I expect we will work together closely over the course of the quarter.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be graded on participation in the variety of research activities associated with the project and will be responsible for a 15 page research report.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by James N Gregory
Date: 09/13/2013