American Experience Through the Lens

AMST-E 100

woman pointing a camera forward to take a picture
Karen Inouye
Course Description

Through a cultural and historical examination of a variety of objects, such as physical sites, monuments, art, food, film, music, and social institutions, this course asks the question: What and where is America?

With an emphasis on wide-ranging experiences of American life, this course is interested more in the diverse perceptions of American experience rather than definitive answers. As the title “American Experience through the Lens” suggests, the ways we see, feel, taste and hear America might have as much to do with where we’re standing and maybe even where we’ve already been. The course emphasizes your own creative production of America in any of a variety of media.