Cultural Resource Assessment

This course introduces and discusses the breadth of cultural resource types (buildings, landscapes, intangible resources, etc.) in three contexts: identification, evaluation, and management. The intent of the course is to expose students to cultural resource types, styles, standards, guidelines, programs, processes, and techniques that create the U.S. and international framework for identification, evaluation, and management.

The course is organized around a combination of lectures, discussions, field works, field trips, site visits and guest speakers. Most of our class meetings early in the semester will be split between a brief lecture or presentation, class discussions, and exercises that build upon one another. Readings will be assigned for most class meetings and you will be expected to read them prior to class share your reactions in class discussions. The central idea is that all participants take an active part in developing and conducting the course. Active participation in these discussions will be part of your guide for the course. During the latter part of the semester, you will apply your knowledge to our case study sites as we survey historic resources and potentially develop National Register documentation.

Students in CRA in 2017 worked towards nominating the area surrounding the childhood home of Alice Walker, Pulitzer Winning Prize author of The Color Purple, to the National Register.  Read more about their trip to Putnam County and their final presentation.


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