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Fall 2007

AS 102: Examining U.S. Cultures in Place: "The 'Cultural Terroir' of the Bay Area"

Students will study and participate in the study and gathering of food and
wine oral history interviews designed to identify the Bay Area's (specifically Napa and Berkeley) regional "Cultural Terroir." The food and wine communities of this region have grown to national and international prominence due the distinctive creation of a "California Style" based on fresh, seasonal, regional produce, and quality wines. This course seeks to bring the narratives of members of these California communities to life, and will provide students with the opportunity to learn oral history methodology and help preserve the narrative testimony of participants in this phenomenon. As a class we will explore how individuals and communities define themselves their region and nation through the research lenses of literature, film, the arts, gender, education, training, sustainability, health, neoprohibition, business practices, politics, geography, and regional food attitudes.

Course Control Number: 02041
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Previous ROHO Faculty classes:

  • American Studies 110: Cultural Terroir: Defining Self and Region with Food and Wine with select student interviews available online [Fall 2006]
  • American Studies 110: (Fall 2004)
  • American Studies 110: Special Topics in American Studies.
    "Voices In the Forest:” A Look at 20th Century California Forestry.
    Taught by ROHO Academic Specalist Victor W. Geraci, PhD.
  • History 124A: (Fall 2004)
  • History 24 : Town and Gown--Investigating the History of the Berkeley Campus and Community (Spring 2003)
  • History 100 : Documenting the History of Health Care in California (Spring 2003)
  • History 100: Changing History: Women at Berkeley [Spring 2005, Rubens]
  • History 103R : American Lives, American History: Oral History and the Understanding of Social Change (Spring 2002)
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