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Spring 2015

COMM 291A: Digital Story-telling

Professor Sheryl Tremblay

This Introductory Course will focus on developing a media literacy that will help students develop the knowledge and ability to more fully participate in the emerging era of participatory culture and knowledge communities. The focus will be on learning to use digital tools to gather audio and visual materials and to create a website (using Word Press). We will develop knowledge and proficiency at a basic and manageable level in the technical areas and the aesthetic design principles of digital story-telling, in addition to developing an understanding of the theories and ethical considerations of convergence culture.


Comm 291B: Theatre, Culture and Society: Shakespeare On Film

Professor Ron Dye 

Students will examine, analyze and discuss film and modern stage adaptations of several plays by William Shakespeare, along with the original play texts.  The films and plays will be considered in their historical cultural contexts, and will include adaptations which are fairly “literal” or straightforward, as well as “free adaptations” which diverge widely from or only reference the original texts. Students will write critical response papers and will complete a final research paper to fulfill the “W” component of the course.

COMM 291C/401A and UNIV 390A: Tps: Shakespeare Festival

Professor Amy Hayes

Based on the educational wing of Shakespeare & Company’s  (Lenox, MA) nationally renowned and recommended high school Shakespeare program, this course prepares DePauw students to do Shakespeare with local high school and middle school students.  Part classroom activity and part in-school practicum, the course stresses the visceral, emotional, and intellectual power of experiencing Shakespeare’s language physically and vocally.  Culminates in a festival of Shakespeare’s plays performed by local students at DePauw at the end of the semester.  Repeatable for credit.

Comm 291D: The Other Side of the Arts

Professor Tim Good

The course will investigate different models of arts organizations, including union-based models, alternate structures (other than unions), leadership in the arts, entrepreneurship, startups, world markets for arts, grants and fundraising, and the very broad variety of graduate programs that are possible.  The work will culminate with a final project which will connect these ideas with the real world of the arts:  complete design portfolio, budgeting and planning for a guest artist or event here on campus, a fleshed out marketing or development plan, full audition plus resume/headshot, etc.  We will cover theaters, symphonies, dance companies, art galleries, museums, corporate applications, and newer models that ignore these boundaries. A primary goal of the course is to bring together ideas and practices from the “real worlds” of art, music, dance, and theater for mutual benefit.


COMM 325A: Relational Communication 

Professor Melanie Finney

This course focuses on communication in close personal relationships. We will examine the role of communication on topics such as intimacy, satisfaction, and support, as well as aspects of the "dark side" of personal relationships such as infidelity and forgiveness, hurt, and abuse. Prerequisite: Comm 125 or Comm 225, or consent of the instructor.

COMM 401B: Ancient Greek Drama

Prof. Keith Nightenhelser

We will study intensively two dozen plays drawn from the roughly fifty plays that survive complete from Fifth and Fourth century BCE Greek Theater, both tragedies and comedies, by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Euripides, and Menander.  The plays will be considered both in their original context, where they formed part of the public discourse of ancient Athens, reflecting the community to itself, and in their afterlife in European and global performance and adaptation.  We will look at the plays' place in Greek literary, rhetorical, political, religious, and philosophical traditions, and as challenges for theater artists then and since that time (how make a play with a big chorus?  with masks?  in the huge spaces and before the huge audiences of ancient theaters?  with no curtain, during the bright of the day?  with alternating passages of spoken dialogue and song and dance?  as part of a civic religious festival? and so on). There will be ample opportunity to explore how the plays draw on, modify, and add to the stock of traditional myths and tales shared by the Greeks.  The plays often employ those to explore conflicts in Greek society about male and female social and familial roles, and many of the same stories inspired 20th century reflection in Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis and in structuralist thought on general processes of the mind,  As time permits we'll look into these recent sex/gender/psychoanalytic/structuralist issues as well.  

As a prerequisite students should have taken at least one course about ancient Greece, or one Theater course.  

There will be a Tuesday morning lab session to watch films of productions, but it won't meet every week.