Subject: New Online Summer Theatre Course

Description:
Theatre 290 investigates the braided relationship between American history,
theatre, and race. In this course, students will destabilize their
understandings of each of these three terms by exploring them from two
vantage points: from the point of view of historic American plays, and from
the vantage of contemporary American “history plays” -- plays that draw
on America’s past to rewrite its future. Using the lens of Omi & Winant’s
theory of racial projects, students will explore how theatrical performances
of racial difference from 1600 to 1900 were instrumental in crafting American
ideologies, identities, and the nation state itself. The class will then
telegraph through history to consider each historical play in dialogue with a
contemporary “history play.” Theatre 290 intentionally pivots between the
past and present, page and stage, the political arena and the public sphere
in order to demonstrate how America, theatre, and race consistently make and
remake one another. The class emphasizes intersectional theories of race, and
considers race alongside categories of gender and (dis)ability.

This online course fulfills humanities requirement and is largely
asynchronous with a synchronous one hour meeting per week. Taught by PhD
Candidate, Jenna Gerdsen, the course will run during Summer Session II (July
13-August 21).
Questions can be emailed to Jenna Gerdsen (she/her/hers) at
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Event Date: July 13, 2020
Contact Person: Jenna Gerdsen
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