|Instructor Info:||William MacAdams|
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|TA Info:||Skye Murie|
From anti-Apartheid Protest Theater to Teatro Campesino to the street performances of ACT-UP, theater artists and performers have often taken the lead in envisioning and embodying social change. What sparks their passion? How do they balance theatrical craft with an activist vision? And what is the impact of their work? In this course, students will read key texts and see videos of the work of many of these artists as a way to explore the dynamic, electric, and sometimes explosive relationship between artists and their time.
Students in the course will be evaluated using the following criteria:
A 1-2 page self eval, turned in during the final class and posted on-line. Note that you cannot receive an evaluation without completing the self eval
ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL: two absences will not affect your evaluation; three will be reflected in your evaluations; four, with rare exception, will result in no evaluation.
LATE ARRIVALS (once the doors have been closed) will be counted as an absence
Written assignments must be typed, and double spaced, on 8 ½ X 11 paper with one inch margins on all sides, using a 12 point font maximum.
Plagiarism is “the presentation of the work of another person, or other persons, as if it were one’s own, whether intended or not. This includes published and unpublished work, material on the Internet and the work of other students and staff. Citation: Glossary, University of Wellington, New Zealand (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/default/site-help/glossary?a=103220#p)
Plagiarism will result in a number of consequences, outlined in more detail at: http://www.hampshire.edu/casa/ethics-of-scholarship.htm
Silence your cell phones, and don’t text or take calls during class
Although the structure of the course will vary from week to week, we will typically explore artists for two class sessions:
Class 1: In small groups, we’ll develop a list of questions that will frame the conversation; followed by a presentation and dialogue about the material, including video and, possibly, Skype sessions
Class 2: Creative responses, in which students share individual creative responses that the readings evoke
Readings will be posted to the Moodle one week prior to when they are assigned. Please buy (or check out from the library) the following book. We will read it on 2/26, so please order soon to allow time (and in case there are limited copies available).
Liars, Thieves and Other Sinners on the Bench, by Jo Carson
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