029) Interrogating Historical Record

Whether you are a history buff of a fan of “just” the facts, you will love watching these historical documentaries and discussing their representation of historical record. We will begin and end the six-week class with films by legendary documentarian Errol Morris. First up, “The Thin Blue Line” (1988) which examines the inconsistencies and incongruities of a case involving the murder of a police officer in Texas and relies on reenactment. Our last class is Morris’s “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara” (2003). We expect the discussion to be spirited and engaging given these topics.

NOTE: Students will need to rent the videos either on Amazon Prime or iTunes, so a subscription might be needed.