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Theresa M Ronquillo
HUM 498
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in the Humanities

Intensive research opportunity, for work on project of independent and/or original design in the cultural disciplines. Mentored by UW and visiting faculty in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences, by arrangement only. Offered: S.

Class description

This spring class is the culmination of an innovative, yearlong course focused on field research, community engagement, and bringing Southeast Asian American narratives alive through performance and dialogue. In fall quarter 2008, a small group of students conducted Photovoice projects, oral history interviews, and drafted an original theatrical script based on Southeast Asian American stories of migration, identity, inclusion and exclusion gleaned from the interviews. During winter quarter 2009, students are continuing to hone and research the script and make connections with local Southeast Asian American community members and organizations. In spring quarter 2009, students enrolled in the class will rehearse, produce, and perform the multimedia event in different community sites and engage audience members in dialogue following the performances.

No artistic background is necessary to take this class—just a willingness to develop and engage in a creative learning community. We especially encourage Southeast Asian American students, students interested in Southeast Asia, and students with an interest in any of the following:

Theater and performance (acting, dance) Multimedia (video, graphic design, animation) Community engagement and organizing Intergroup Dialogue Event production Knowledge production and dissemination

This course will have opportunities for performers and non-performers. Undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are welcome to join our class.

Student learning goals

1. To gain an understanding of performance, ethnographic, and visual methods as interrelated tools for articulating narratives, particularly in contexts of diverse Southeast Asian American communities and identities.

2. To apply these methods through a critical lens, including considerations of ethics, representation of subjects, interpretations of stories, and contradictions in the material.

3. To dialogue about the diversity of Southeast Asian American experiences.

4. To cultivate working relationships with local Southeast Asian American community sites, community members, actors/actresses and artists.

5. To explore how this course material connects to other areas of study, such as Theater, Social Work, History, and Human Rights.

6. To make connections between course material and individual areas of personal and intellectual interest.

General method of instruction

Seminar style, project based, small and large group activities

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Theresa M Ronquillo
Date: 02/27/2009