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2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HN 391L Music, Art and Memory

This is an Honors seminar examining the nature of memory and its role in forming our individual identities, focusing particularly on the role of art and music in making, retaining and retrieving memories. The central project of this course involves partnering with an elder in the beginning stages of memory loss at a local long-term care center. Through weekly visits including conversation, collaborative artwork, and musical exploration, students help elders relive some of their most treasured memories. Each student creates a personalized collection of music for their partner. Students also create visual projects that interpret some of their partner’s memories. Students share these music collections and visual projects in a public, end-of semester show before presenting them to the elders. In addition to this final project, students write weekly reflective journal entries, responses to readings, and a longer final reflective paper.