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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Robert Esposito and Walter Grodzik
Signature Required: Fall Winter
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||In this two quarter program, students will study the history, theory, and techniques of early 20 -century Avant-garde dance and theater, including Surrealist, Dada, Futurist, Cubist, and Bauhaus dance-theatre, and performance art. This is a practicum and study is rigorously focused on experiential learning through regular technique, theory, and composition classes stressing the live performance of original and recreated works, supported by scholarly research in the various genres studied. In the first quarter, students will study early 20 -century Western experimental performance art through the reading of texts, performance theories, and manifestos, and the screening of filmed recordings of performances. In weekly workshops, students will learn and practice new techniques in dance, theatre, and related art forms, and reconstruct historical performances. Students will test performance theory through improvisation, and the composition of original performance works based on the genres studied. In the second quarter, students will continue studies to build on their historical, theoretical, and technical knowledge in order to create a body of short performances to be presented in a final concert at the end of the quarter. Students will be heavily involved in both workshops and independent rehearsals in order to realize the final public presentation.This is an advanced program in theory and practice, designed particularly for theater and dance students, however, avant-garde performance works are multidimensional, and students in the performing arts, media arts, and visual arts with strong musical and kinesthetic sensitivity are welcome. Work will include research, design, and construction in various interdisciplinary fields, such as costuming, scenic design, and the design and manipulation of props. There will be multiple workshops per week in addition to text seminars and screenings. Workshops are progressive, each weekly premise building upon the last, and attendance is essential, requiring high levels of maturity, independent time management, and organization. There will be multiple rehearsals each week to reconstruct and create new work. Works in progress will be shared regularly in performance forums for peer and faculty critique. Most experiential learning cannot be "made up", and students are expected to be active and enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the program at all meetings, and to demonstrate integrative, independent, and critical thinking.||Robert Esposito Walter Grodzik||Mon Tue Wed Thu||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
Andrew Buchman, Lee Lyttle and Jon Baumunk
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||This program is designed for business and arts students with a strong interest in making a living as an entrepreneur, operating in the nonprofit art world, or making a career in creative industries, and bridging the conventional gaps between creativity, business sense, and social engagement. An artist or entrepreneur who understands the principles of a well-run organization and can deal effectively with management issues like economics, finance, business planning, marketing, negotiating contracts, legal issues such as free speech and fair use, applying for grants, and strategic planning, we'll find, is likely to gain more artistic and professional freedom. For-profit and nonprofit organizations are different, and we want to make sure students gain knowledge of the vast range of ways they can make a living in and around the arts. By examining art, music, and theatre worlds, we will discover structures that help foster vibrant artistic communities—but also basic business and entrepreneurship principles applicable in many other contexts, including the entertainment and media industries. We'll meet business and nonprofit leaders (often artists themselves) who bring artists and art lovers together. We'll cover concepts in economics, gain critical reasoning skills, and learn about entrepreneurship, how to start a business, and management as a profession. We'll cover topics like strategic planning, tax and copyright law, prices and markets, promotion and marketing, budgeting, fundraising, job-hunting using social media, and working with employees, customers, and boards of trustees.Activities in the program will include options for related independent creative work and research on working artists, workshops on how to create and read complex spreadsheets and budgets, career counseling, and a rich mix of critical and creative projects, including a series of visits to local arts organizations and with Evergreen alumni active in many creative endeavors, followed by further research, analysis, and critiques. Each quarter's work will include an optional week of travel and study to a big city in the United States: to New York City during the fall and Los Angeles during the winter. Students unable to travel to these cities can pursue related fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest. By the end of the program we expect you to have developed practical skills in financial literacy and career-building, be able to think creatively about ways to connect your own artistic and wage-earning work lives, have an impact on organizations in communities you care about, acquire firsthand knowledge of a diversity of successful arts initiatives, and communicate effectively in the languages of business and nonprofit administration.||Andrew Buchman Lee Lyttle Jon Baumunk||Tue Wed Thu||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter|
Miranda Mellis, Peter Bohmer and Elizabeth Williamson
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day and Evening||F 15 Fall||How can monsters and witches, figured so closely in relation to animals both in being endangered and dangerous, help us think about climate change, the sixth great extinction we are currently undergoing, transition, transformation, and adaptation? How might these – monsters, witches, and climate change – be tied to social movements, political economy, and social change?This intensive literature, creative writing, and political economy program will take up the above questions and others. Students in this program will learn to read, think, and discourse analytically and will develop creative and critical writing and research skills through the study of contemporary and historical relationships between climate change, inequality, and capitalism. We’ll learn about the changes in the global political economy from the Middle Ages to the present and its implications for daily life. Pivotal concepts will be introduced to analyze the past, the present and possible futures through literary and economic lenses. Shakespeare's whose anti-hero, Caliban, has become a symbol of resistance to colonization – will form a core text. The program title is taken from Silvia Federici's study an illuminating analysis of the movements and peoples who had to be suppressed in order to build the foundations of modern capitalism. Using these two texts as our focal points, students will be introduced to key concepts in Marxist, feminist, economic, and post-colonial theory as well as experimental approaches to contemporary storytelling, including feminist and post-colonial appropriations. Students will be invited to re-think the political-economic underpinnings of inherited conceptions of space and knowledge. We'll also consider the dominant role that storms, droughts, shipwrecks, and other disasters have played in canonical and contemporary art, and participate, along with a consortium of other programs in sciences and humanities, in shared curriculum focused on climate change.||Miranda Mellis Peter Bohmer Elizabeth Williamson||Mon Wed Thu||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall|
Rose Jang, Wenhong Wang and Hirsh Diamant
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||With China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading political players and economic powerhouses within the last four decades, there has been increasing international attention and news coverage on current Chinese political and economic developments. Today’s China, under a new generation of leadership ushering in many unprecedented reform programs, remains an enigma for most Westerners. The program aims to unravel part of that mystery through study of China's cultural roots and ideological foundations. We will dig the roots of Chinese culture by probing into Chinese religion and folklore and examining several different forms of Chinese artistic activities, including performing arts, visual arts, and arts of self-cultivation.In fall quarter, we will study the religions and folk culture of China. We will examine the formal histories and primary tenets of Chinese “Three Teachings”: Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Mythology, fairy tales, and fantasies, transmitted either orally or in written texts, will also inform our study as symbolic expressions of spiritual forces and religious aspirations within the cultural psyche. The combined energy of official and popular religions, spiritual and “superstitious” practices, folk and secular activities—with their literary and visual manifestations—has affected Chinese society and political structure over centuries. By reading translated texts and viewing different religious and cultural activities on film, we will try to discover and dissect the interlocked relationships between religion, spirituality, philosophy, and folk culture in the Chinese contexts.In winter quarter, we will focus on the arts of China, both traditional and modern. Chinese arts have long been a necessary vessel for the outpouring of spiritual and folk energy from all facets of Chinese life and society. We will read Chinese literature and drama that grew from the repertoire of popular stories, study Chinese theatre as a continuation of Chinese storytelling and acrobatic traditions, and delve into the spiritual core of Chinese visual arts. Students will read texts as well as engage in movement workshops and artistic experiments which connect cultural studies with practical, hands-on exercises.Faculty will take interested students to China either at the end of winter quarter or in spring quarter. These students will study Chinese performing arts in one of the most prestigious theatre schools in Beijing for four weeks, and spend two more weeks traveling to the south to continue exploring Chinese culture with a focus on religion, spirituality, and folk culture. Students who do not go to China will conduct independent research projects on Evergreen's campus.A Chinese language class will be embedded within the program. Students traveling to China will continue to study Chinese language at the institutions we will visit and through daily functions and encounters, which will provide incentives and opportunities for further language study.||Rose Jang Wenhong Wang Hirsh Diamant||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Susan Preciso and Mark Harrison
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Evening and Weekend||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Across time and cultures, humankind has struggled with taboos that obstruct the pursuit of knowledge deemed inappropriate or dangerous, but what is “forbidden” intrigues us all. In this humanities program, we will explore the ways that forbidden knowledge inspired artists throughout the ages. We will ask how the forbidden differs in the mythology of one culture to another. We will study some great works of art that have been inspired by forbidden knowledge. While powerful people and institutions have often dictated what is acceptable for us to know, the arts, literature, and mythology have been the chief mechanisms through which we have been able to explain or justify this fundamental human conflict. For example, in the creation stories of Genesis and Milton’s we encounter one of western culture’s most enduring mythic structures. and Mary Shelley's speak to a more modern dilemma about acquisition and use of knowledge. In this two quarter program we will explore this complex subject through visual art, music, poetry, film, theatre and literature. Roger Shattuck’s will provide one analysis of the stories, but we’ll read other critical approaches as well. During Winter quarter we will concentrate on the classical past; our readings will include Genesis, and In the Spring, we will turn our attention to the modern age. Our readings will include Christina Rossetti's , A.S. Byatt's , Tony Kushner's and Alan Ginsberg's . Students will be expected to read critically and well, take excellent reading notes, and write occasional critical essays on assigned topics. They will participate in seminar, lecture, workshop, and a possible field trip. This immersion in the humanities is especially suited for those students planning to teach in areas of literature or the arts. It is also for students who are curious about the ways in which artists and writers working in different genres push us to understand the world and our place in it.Credits will be awarded in literature and cultural studies.||Susan Preciso Mark Harrison||Wed Sat||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Winter||Winter Spring|
Sean Williams and Walter Grodzik
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||S 16Spring||This all-level one-quarter program engages Irish drama in terms of both its content and its context. Our explorations will encompass plays and ideas from the 19 century Anglo-Irish period through Ireland’s post-colonial time of nation-building, and the edgy works of contemporary playwrights. We will also examine aspects of Irish-American dramaturgy and playwriting. The study of various social issues as Irish (-American) identity, and religious, class, sexuality, gender, and family dynamics will all be part of what informs our studies this quarter. Weekly activities will include reading plays, participating in workshops and other hands-on activities, and developing skills in critical analysis through classroom discussions, films, and lectures. Because working with every aspect of the theatre requires public risk-taking, students should expect to be on their feet and in front of their peers from the first day of class. The faculty have an inflexible policy regarding timely and attentive participation, and assume that each student already has college-level writing skills.||Sean Williams Walter Grodzik||Mon Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
Marianne Bailey, Marianne Hoepli and Kathleen Eamon
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||4, 12, 16||04 12 16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Our program will explore the productive paradoxes of Germanic sensibilities by working through foundational works in literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, music, and visual arts from German-speaking thinkers and makers. We will be especially concerned with the unmistakable coexistence of a drive toward order, structure, technology, and systems, with an equally persistent melancholy, deep inwardness, and mysticism. Goethe’s is written in German; so, too, is the Dada The philosophical systems of Kant and Hegel, for example, feed Nietzsche’s critical tongue. Freud and the psychoanalytic tradition name and analyze the chaotic forces of human depths decades after German Romantics intimated and sang praises of that darkness, figuring its caves, jewels, and labyrinths in their poems and paintings. The operatic wave of Wagnerian ritual “Gesamtkunst” (total art) joins, in the German canon, the ethereal choirs of medieval mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, and the perfect symmetry of a piece from Mozart. We will ask what in this dual mentality allowed the rise of fascism, and how the artists and thinkers who opposed it and came of age in its wake were radically changed in their understanding of their language, their work, themselves, and their notions of art and of humanism. In fall and winter quarters, we will work across a long history, drawing from the Medieval and Renaissance eras with the aim of better understanding German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy of the late 18th and 19th centuries, and studying that period in turn so that we can approach works from 20th-century moderns, as well as works by outsider artists found in the fringe galleries and theaters in contemporary Berlin. Language study (beginning and intermediate) will be integral to our work for all students who plan on traveling to Germany in spring quarter. Spring quarter will include further language, philosophical, and cultural study, as well as significant individual project work. Students may elect to travel to Germany for nine weeks of field study, first in Berlin for intensive language and cultural studies, and then on excursions into, for example, Austria, Switzerland, and southwestern Germany during students’ “ (walking time). In Berlin, we will continue our historical trajectory with an emphasis on works of post-modernity and the situation of the contemporary European and world city, studying Berlin’s art, music, drama, and architecture. During the students will pursue their self-designed curriculum incorporating travel and cultural research; a portion of winter quarter will be devoted to developing those projects. Students on campus will engage a version of the all-program syllabus while developing their own individual projects with the support and help of faculty and one another. These students will have their own version of the when they can make field trips of their choosing. These might include touring independent poetry publishers, traveling to a nearby or distant museum or archive important to their research, or wandering the mountains or seashore reading and writing about the German Romantic poets and thinkers like Nietzsche, Novalis, or Hesse. All students will join together at year’s end to present their spring experiences and projects. This program will offer advanced work in the humanities and excellent preparation for graduate work.||Marianne Bailey Marianne Hoepli Kathleen Eamon||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
Steven Hendricks, Brian Walter and Toska Olson
Signature Required: Spring
|Program||FR–SOFreshmen–Sophomore||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Writers, performers, and scholars of social behavior all engage with deep inquiries into what it's like to be a person, what it means to live within a society that made us and yet feels separate from us, and how we shape our lives despite the difficulty of ascertaining purpose or meaning. In this program, we'll examine the cultural norms that shape our notions of selfhood and the forces that compel individuals to construct their identities and their bodies in relation to society and ideologies. We won't simply valorize the heroic individual as the victim of an oppressive, alienating society. We'll look for positive potential in relationships between individuals and groups. We'll do this through specific disciplinary perspectives and by synthesizing new ideas across three disciplines: improvisational performance, sociology, and literature.For us, improvisational theater will open up the imaginative play of everyday life and offer models for complex collaborations. Sociological insights into behavior will focus on individual agency, social expectations, and institutional power structures. Literary explorations of selfhood can lead us to profound skepticism but also toward the value of forming communities of writers and readers. These and other inquiries will inform our collective conversation, student research, and collaborative creative efforts.Readings will include sociological studies and theoretical texts, a selection of 20th-century literature and theory, and texts on improvisational performance. Research, creative writing, and critical essay projects will challenge students to develop their own inquiries in relation to program themes.We'll spend the first half of the year learning fundamental skills and concepts of sociology, literature, and improvisational theater through lectures, workshops, seminars, fieldwork exercises, and individual and collaborative projects. Beginning in winter, students will develop major projects integrating what they've learned in all three disciplines, including sociological research and creative writing, culminating in the development of collaborative performance pieces in spring quarter. This program is preparatory for studies of or careers in psychology or counseling, nor is it designed as a forum for emotional growth or personal discovery. Rather, we will examine disciplinary perspectives on the of the individual in order to understand the makeup and features of the social being.||Steven Hendricks Brian Walter Toska Olson||Mon Tue Thu Fri||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|