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07:965:240 Staging Resistance: Theater, Protest and Social Change

Through plays and other performance texts, videos, graphics, media accounts, and critical theory readings, this class will explore the vibrant tradition of theatricalized or staged resistance to the injustice and inequality endemic to contemporary culture. Sources include: plays and films that explicitly challenge embedded power hierarchies; radical performative disruptions such as Pussy Riot, Occupy Wall Street, and Take a Knee protests; and participatory community-engaged theater for social change. 
Ryan Reedell is the manager of the MakerSPACE at the Newark Museum, where he seeks to create authentic, engaging, hands-on experiences that highlight the materials, tools, and techniques used to create objects of the museum’s collection. Reedell is also the producer of the Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire, a showcase that celebrates the creativity, spirit, and ingenuity of the maker community.

Sandra Chatterjee’s choreographic and scholarly work, situated at the intersection of theory and practice, engages with performance, dance, and the body with a focus on gender, postcolonial, and migration studies. She studied dance and “Culture and Performance” in Honolulu and Los Angeles (1998 BA in dance, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM); 2001 MA in dance, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); 2005 PhD in culture and performance, UCLA).

Art, Science and Technology

In this seminar-style course in you will be exposed to the process of creativity, practicing the steps that creative thinkers use to answer the questions that form through observation and thinking, and produce effective outcomes that impact life. Whether in the mind of a scientist or a visual artist, observations form questions that strengthen into concepts and become a motivator for research. Research develops into a product or series of actions as an outcome. Successful outcomes are able to stand alone and affect change in science or art.