Happy New Year! I’d like to send word about a new class I’m working on. Native Peoples of Oklahoma is a one-of-a-kind open access course that will begin in the spring at the University of Oklahoma. The course uses cutting edge social media technology and takes an original approach to American Indian literature, film, and culture. Much of the learning, reading, and discussion will take place on the new Janux platform (https://janux.ou.edu). In addition to the open access version, which is open to anyone, anywhere, for free, the course will meet in a traditional classroom where students pay usual tuition and fees. While the open access version can’t be taken for course credit, participants will have access to all the videos, readings, and discussions, all of which will open up new dimensions to learning and conversation.
The materials will rival the innovation of the course platform. The instructors–Dan Swan in Anthropology and Joshua Nelson in English–conducted several conversational interviews with people you’ll really want to hear from, like heads of tribal nations, filmmakers, traditional religious leaders, Christian preachers, novelists, and faculty experts in law, archeology, ethnomusicology, and others across campus. We’ll also look into the awesome Native photographic and archival holdings at the Western History Collection library and the collections at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
The course is now listed as Anthropology 1613, and will soon be crosslisted as English 1613. I hope you’ll take part in this exciting educational experiment, and help us spread the word among your students and communities! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Joshua B. Nelson, Ph.D.
Department of English
University of Oklahoma