The Arts in Context: Drama in Performance (MALS617-010)
- Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.
- Instructor: Kevin Kerrane
course proceeds from the premise that drama is designed to be
performed, not just read. To that end, we will focus on Spring 2018
productions by UD's Resident Ensemble Players, and several members of
that group will be visiting our class. Other visitors will include
directors, designers, and reviewers. In addition, we'll look for
opportunities to attend plays off campus, including optional trips to
Wilmington and Philadelphia. The course will also include a unit on
film adaptation, and each student can choose one work by a major
playwright (such as Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, or August Wilson)
to see ways that a movie reworks a dramatic text. "Drama in
Performance" will not require acting talent (as the
professor himself will illustrate), but each class meeting will include
brief, unrehearsed readings from the plays being discussed.
Two Cultures: Four Epochs (MALS667-011)
- Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
- Instructor: John Jungck
course will focus on iSTEAM (Interdisciplinary Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). We will address the classic division
between STEM and the arts and humanities and how we might build a
"Third Culture." We will couple four plays/movies with counterparts in
science, technology, and society texts: Bertolt Brecht's Galileo with his notion of revolutionary theater with Thomas S. Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions; Jerome Lawrence's and Robert Edwin Lee's Inherit the Wind with Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species as an abolitionist anti-slavery, anti-racism thesis; Anna Ziegler's play Photograph 51 about Rosalind Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA with Anne Fausto Sterling's Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men on sexism in science; and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race with Robert Moses and Charles Cobb's Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights.
Who, or What, Drives History? (MALS667-012)
- Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
- Instructor: Raymond Callahan
Historians have long argued about what powers historical
change. The dominant answer, until after World War II, was: great
individuals (usually Great Men). Then historians began to widen their
view: demographic changes, climate change, new technologies, the rise of new
social groups (or the rediscovery of neglected ones), new ideas--all these
seemed of greater import than any individual, no matter how dazzling (or
horrifying). Focus on the individual became the province of biographers,
with whom historians were often reluctant to claim kinship, or, worse yet, the
playground of novelists, playwrights and film makers. The argument goes
on, and we will join it in this seminar. We will look at a trio of great
figures: Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill--and each student will fill out the
trio with a person they choose to investigate.