Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.
This course will center on issues of how oil extraction, transport and use affect human lives and the environment across the world. We will explore these issues in depth with a mixture of reading, film, role play, drawing, writing, and speaking, with the goal of finding elements of this complex subject that could be developed into short performance pieces for local audiences, including K-12 classes.
Student learning goals
Students will understand the complexity of our relationship with petroleum, including direct and indirect impacts of petroleum throughout human societies and the environment.
Students will develop their understandings through a diversity of modalities, enhancing their abilities to learn and analyze using different modalities
Students will be able to develop short performance pieces to connect their experiences and others to environmental/geopolitical issues
Students will examine connections between science and performance
General method of instruction
We will mix reading, film, and mini-lectures with role play, art, and discussion. Assignments will combine creative efforts with research on distinct issues about petroleum. The final assignment will be a performance piece that can be performed to a K-12 audience.
Noted Performance artist and director, Dr. Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, and members of the Empty Suitcase Theater Company will collaborate to lead performance segments of the course, and to aid students in developing their culminating performance piece. Thus, the course will be a collaboration between an ecologist and a performance studies professional.
An interest in the course and a willingness to explore learning via a diversity of modalities
Class assignments and grading