How do groups construct collective memories based on individual experiences? How are individual memories influenced by collective understandings of historical realities? Why do societies and individuals preserve some memories but not others? When is it ethical to remember what has been done to us and when does it become destructive? What are the memories that should not be lost for future generations? All of us have personal memories that intermingle with historical and political circumstances even though we may not have lived through dramatic events. Explore your memories in writing and in class interactions, and discuss the implications of the intersection of personal and collective memories. Gain new perspectives on the accumulation of memories that are part of all mature lives.