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Spring 2016

Comm 291A: Theatre, Culture and Society

Professor Susan Anthony

Theatre, Culture and Society explores representations of social identity, culture, and ideology in live performance and film with special emphasis on issues of race, gender, class, and sexual identity. The course also explores the role of the audience, historical performance, and strategies for recognizing, reinforcing, or subverting conventional depictions of power and ideology.


Comm 291B: Technophobia: a Study in Technology, Communication, and Culture

Professor Geoff Klinger

The relationship between humans and technology/machines is a common trope embedded in many of our cultural narratives, yet it is a trope that is often “ad hoc” and fragmented.  While the march of technology and its increasing encroachment in our everyday lives continues almost unabated, there are several public figures, writers, groups, and communities who have questioned our uncritical acceptance of technology, and have actively critiqued and resisted it trajectory and impact.  This class is designed to bring several different variants of this trope and critique, and the related intersections of technology, communication, and culture, together into one course of study.  It is important to note that this is not just a course of study that examines the human v. machine dichotomy.  Indeed, as we will learn this semester, technology (techne logos) is more than just a simple machine, it is a way of thinking (i.e. the method of logic).  Consequently, what is at stake in this struggle is nothing less than a battle to control the human body and mind.

COMM 291C/401A and UNIV 390: Tps: Shakespeare in the Schools (Spring Shakespeare Festival)

Prof. Gigi Jennewein

This course trains DePauw students to direct local high school students in the mounting of fully staged 90-minute Shakespeare plays.   Students spend the first three weeks in the classroom learning best practice techniques for teaching Shakespeare and working with youth.  The remainder of the semester is spent in the schools shaping a production while also delivering the emotional and intellectual benefits that can be acquired by physically and vocally experiencing Shakespeare’s language.  This course culminates in a day-long festival at DePauw University's Moore Theatre (Green Center) comprised of performances of each participating school's play. DePauw's Shakespeare in the Schools program is inspired by and produced in association with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. The course requires a M/W/F 2:20-4:50 commitment due to the in-school rehearsal process.  It is repeatable for credit.  See instructor for details and SPAC.


310A: Performance Studies II

Professor Susan Wilson

Building on the foundation established in Performance Studies I (see department course description), Performance Studies II examines and analyzes texts through solo and group performance.


328A: Tps in Health Communication

Professor Kent Menzel

This special topics course is a theoretical and practical examination of the role of communication in heath care. The course will discuss contexts of communication like physician-patient, institutional health communication settings including hospitals, and the societal impact of events such as public health campaigns. In addition to other coursework, discussion, and case studies, students will research and plan a health campaign.