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CS92PROD
Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice

THEA 143
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Community-Engaged Learning

Students in this course will collaborate with formerly incarcerated individuals on the creation of theater and music performances inspired by their collective reading of Dante's Divine Comedy, Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, Anna Deveare Smith's Notes From the Field, and a variety of texts documenting the impact of mass incarceration on communities of color. Our work will consider the ways in which current and formerly incarcerated activists have used gospel, rap, spirituals, and other forms of music and art to survive, heal, and advocate for change in the criminal justice system. The performances generated by the class will call attention to the relevance of Dante's poem to contemporary issues of social justice with the objective of amplifying marginalized voices and raising awareness of the injustices embedded in the carceral state.

No previous performance experience is necessary to participate in the class, but students with vocal and instrumental musical skills are welcome.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA THEA
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on FEB-22-2024
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