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Fall 2016-2017
* URB 202 / HIS 202 / HUM 202 / VIS 200 (LA)   na, npdf

Documentary Film and the City

Purcell Carson
Alison E. Isenberg

This urban studies seminar in history and documentary filmmaking focuses on Trenton's unrest of April 1968, when a black college student, Harlan Joseph, was shot and killed by a white police officer. The course works outward from these events to examine the 1960s, race, region, economy, memory, and media representation. Students collect archival sources and help produce video interviews, culminating in their own research papers and short documentary films. Collaborative assignments will contribute to works of scholarship and documentary produced by the professors. Includes public screening of student work. See

Sample reading list:
Katz, Michael, Why Don't American Cities Burn?
Krasovic, Mark, The Newark Frontier
Spence, Louise Spence and Vinicius Navarro, Crafting Truth
Richtin, Fred, Bending the Frame
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Grades will be based on: participation (10%), short response papers to films and readings (10%), final research paper (40%), other: a final short video (40%).

Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required
Open to Sophomores and Juniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should be prepared to conduct fieldwork with documentary subjects, collaborate with fellow students, shoot and edit video. This course teaches the fundamentals of video editing; prior experience is not required. Seniors by permission; please contact instructor(s)..

Other information:
This course participates in the Community-Based Learning Initiative and involves a commitment to fieldwork in Trenton outside of class.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20562 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:9 Limit:12