Spring 2019

Radio Storytelling

Listed in: , as COLQ-235


Ilan Stavans (Section 01)


Radio is an essential tool for democracy. Aside from entertainment, it fosters critical thinking and civic engagement. It might also be the most patient, intellectually-minded of all media forms in that it uses storytelling as a means to appreciate our common humanity. This course has two symmetrical components: through a variety of readings and listenings, it gives the social, political, and historical context to understand the influence of radio in modern times in industrialized and developing nations; and it offers studio experience and practical tools for those enrolled to produce their own radio stories. Students will also be involved in various production aspects of the NEPR podcast “In Contrast.”

This course is part of a model of tutorials at Amherst designed to enable students to engage in substantive research with faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Open to juniors and sophomores interested in research. Limited to 6 students. Spring Semester. Professor Stavans.

If Overenrolled: Professor will decide: goal will be to have a diverse group of students


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019