DANC 004. Arts in Action
(Cross-listed as MUSI 006 )
What is art and what constitutes action? The course will explore these questions in two ways: First, we will look at the interconnections between culture, art, and community through rigorous intellectual inquiry by orienting students to some key ideas through selected readings. Second, we will engage in situated learning with local and international arts communities. We will have community leaders from our local communities as guest speakers in addition to two webinars planned for the class on the intersections of the arts, citizenship, and justice: one focusing on the U.S and Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) and the other focusing on India and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Our areas of foci will be local (Philadelphia)and international (India) for cross-cultural engagements with the arts and the burning issues of the times. Both webinars will have renowned academics and artists/activists from the U.S and India as well as emerging artists and scholars to make them rich and intergenerational conversations. As a required activity for the class you will be asked to volunteer your time as interns with the Lang center community partners. Class requirements include readings, video viewing, and discussions, participating in webinars, keeping a regular journal, volunteer work, and doing a final project to be discussed in class.
This course is open to all students. This course fulfills a prerequisite requirement for dance majors and minors.
Eligible for PEAC, ESCH, GLBL-core
Fall 2023. Chakravorty.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/dance-program
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