New, Revised, and Special Topics Courses (Spring 2022)
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Note about overlapping courses
While some PMA instructors will allow students to enroll in classes that overlap, not all do. If your proposed Spring 2022 schedule includes overlaps, please consult with the faculty in question before enrolling so that you can adjust your enrollment plans if necessary.
PMA 1611: Rehearsal & Performance
Instructor: Kelly Richmond
Course time: Monday & Wednesday 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5 Plays, 5 Rooms, 1 Mystery…
“Welcome, welcome, human beings and micro biomes to the Wartz Entré for Perfectly Forming & Medically Dying – the ancient ruins of a mysterious temple abandoned centuries ago. Our top team of archeologists and ecologists have been attempting to determine when and why the site was abandoned, but we’ve run into some… difficulties. There have been several reports of supernatural disturbances within the walls. We of course cannot take such claims seriously. We do not believe in ghosts. This is a rigorous academic research endeavor.” - Opening Remarks
This spring, the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts becomes a haunted house in… Haunted Natures, Hidden Environments Through Haunted Natures, Hidden Environments, students in PMA 1611 will have the opportunity to collaboratively create an immersive environmental performance (read: a haunted house!) which will be produced May 6 & 7 2022, taking over the first floor of the Schwartz Center.
Every student in the class will have the opportunity to act in a scripted performance and/or assist in the technical magic of the haunted house. Aspiring actors, designers, technicians, producers, stage managers, and directors are all encouraged to inquire as to how they might participate.
Haunted Natures, Hidden Environments includes excerpts from Nathalie Claude’s The Salon Automaton: A Play for One Flesh-and-Blood Actress and Three Automatons, Marie Clements’ Burning Vision, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Erin Shield’s Paradise Lost and Anne Washburn’s Apparition.
PMA 2240: Dance Technique Workshop
Instructor: Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz
Course time: Thursday 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
This course combines (Afro)Latinx social dance forms with modern concert dance, related forms, and hip hop, including the histories of these dance forms, exploring new fusions across these genres without unmooring each one from their original context. The class will culminate in a public showing. No experience necessary.
PMA 4020/6020: U.S. Cultures of War and Empire
Instructor: Christine Bacareza Balance
Course time: Wednesday 11:20 am - 1:50 pm
This course examines the history and afterlives of U.S. war and empire across the Asia/Pacific region and the politics they engender for Asian/Pacific Americans. Since the Philippine American war (1898-1904), the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani’s monarchy (1893) and the subsequent annexation of the Hawaiian Islands (1898), the 20th century has been constituted by U.S. wars and colonial conquests across the Asia/Pacific region. From South Korea to Vietnam, Japan to Cambodia, Laos to Okinawa, U.S. presence has been felt in “hot wars” as well as Cold War discourse, in the U.S. military-industrial complex and its socio-political, cultural and environmental impact within the region. Reckoning with this global U.S. history, particularly as it manifests through artistic and popular cultural forms, students will better understand Asian/Pacific Islander racialization in the U.S. At the same time, we will explore Black, indigenous, and Latinx racialization through and against U.S. wars and militarism in Asia. Course themes include: critical refugee studies, U.S. militarism & gender, settler colonialism, transpacific critique, the politics of memory and post-memory.
PMA 6400: Thinking Media Studies
Course time: Thursday 2:40 pm - 4:35 pm
This required seminar for the new graduate minor in media studies considers media from a wide number of perspectives, ranging from the methods of cinema and television studies to those of music, information science, communication, science and technology studies, and beyond. Historical and theoretical approaches to media are intertwined with meta-critical reflections on media studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. Close attention will be paid to media's role in shaping and being shaped by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and other politically constructed categories of identity and sociality.