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Veronica Barrera
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

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Picasso's 1937 depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War remains a poignant reminder of the brutality and inhumanity of war. Why is art able to move us in ways that words cannot? And why does art seem timeless? The poetry, art, and music created in the struggle for Human Rights brings us closer to human rights activists and movements, make us aware of the often unspeakable aspects of human rights atrocities, and impact our consciousness enough to lead us to act. In this course we will explore human rights issues, but from the perspective of the artists that use their creative power to shake and compel us to see what we may not want to see. Together we will look at painting, graffiti, hip hop, slam poetry, New Latin American song, film, and performance art to explore how and why art is so important to the struggle for a better world.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Veronica Barrera
Date: 01/28/2011