Dr. Wertheimer used Mellon funds in the spring semester of 2018 to I produce a documentary film about South Carolina’s last recorded lynching. In the following summer and fall, three students, one Wake Forest partner, and Dr. Wertheimer reworked this film, making it shorter, deeper, and better. This was a trial-run of a new and experimental course. Bringing in outside practitioners to instruct students in filmmaking techniques added a new and essential dimension to the course. Experimenting with public history as opposed to the standard scholarly history usually taught at Davidson helped to expand the way students understand the value of history in the contemporary world.
The course satisfied a requirement in the History major and minor.
Counts as an elective for the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor. Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement. Semesters taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2019.