Join us for a presentation to learn how a new online course is successfully blending old and new media to engage lifelong learners at a distance from the Madison campus.
Professor George Mosse (1918 to 1999) taught European history at the University of Wisconsin from 1955 to 1988. "My first memories are political memories," he said of growing up in Germany during the years between WWI and WWII. Throughout his writings and teaching he reinforced the idea that everything is political.
The course, “What History Tells: George L. Mosse on European Cultural History,” was created in partnership with the Division of Continuing Studies and the George L. Mosse Program in History at UW-Madison. “What History Tells” consists of a series of recorded lectures given by Professor Mosse for subsequent statewide broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio. In addition to having access to Mosse's digitized archived lectures, students in the online course read annotated and enhanced transcripts of the lectures and participate in weekly discussions forums. Everyone enrolled in the course, from Italy, to Japan, to Madison, are able to engage in dialogue with each other about the history of mass movements and modern society.
"Mosse believed that you can't escape politics and that living a politically disengaged life is detrimental to the individual and to society. The future is shaped by those empowered by politics...These lectures remain just as relevant today as they were during his lifetime."
-- John Tortorice, former Mosse student, director of the George L. Mosse Program in History at UW-Madison
Whether you were one of the many students who flocked to Mosse's classes, or simply wish you’d been there, the course provides the chance to be a part of the George Mosse mystique.
Skye Doney defended his dissertation, Moving Toward the Sacred, in 2014, completed after researching in both Germany and Israel. He has taught history courses at UW-Madison and Concordia University Wisconsin. He currently works for the George L. Mosse Program.
William Tishler is a senior media specialist in the Division of Continuing Studies at UW–Madison and a WISCAPE affiliate. He has with over 20 years of experience developing distance education courses that use video and audio as the primary medium for content delivery.
John Tortorice manages the George L. Mosse Program in the Department of History. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, and on the advisory board for the Mosse Series in European Cultural and Intellectual History at UW Press. He has co-edited a number of books, including What History Tells: George L. Mosse and the Culture of Western Europe, for which he compiled a bibliography of Mosse’s writings.