Performing Democracy: Theater, Activism, and Community Engagement|
Fall 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning|
This course will give students the opportunity to use theater as a tool for community engagement and social activism. No theater experience is required, but students will be asked to make informal presentations of texts related to issues of social justice, climate change, health care, and economic equality in a variety of community settings that may include senior citizen homes, public schools, or political campaign rallies. During election years these presentations may involve re-enactments of presidential debates and political speeches by figures from Greta Thunberg, Chief Joseph, James Baldwin, and Barack Obama to Richard Nixon, William F. Buckley, Emma Goldman, and Donald Trump. These presentations will be designed to elicit discussion and debate from community audiences and encourage those community members to vote and participate in the democratic process as advocates for the principles they believe in most strongly. Students will collaborate with their community partners in creating new performances that give voice to their experience and concerns.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)