Students engaged in how the pandemic highlighted and uncovered inequities and social disparities in the United States and the world. Instructors and Professors encouraged inquiries into Freedom of Speech, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, healthcare reform, voter suppression & voter safety, anti-masker ideology, as well as access to education. Students were asked to consider how monuments serve as markers of injustice as they grappled with the issue of whose narrative gets national attention. Additionally, students questioned how civic responsibility and personal freedom coexist during this historic time.
In an age of digital technology, it is common to appropriate images from the internet without considering copyright law or images deemed ‘fair use’. What is the benefit of using images from other sources? How can we change their meaning to spread awareness to advocate for justice and educate our community on what it means to be human in an unprecedented time in our history?
Sarah Kate Anderson
To illuminate our personal experiences during this time of sheltering-in, we will continue our investigation of sonnets as performance texts by writing and acting in our own creations. Held by the structure of the verse, we will create and perform sonnets that communicate our thoughts and feelings about life, loss, survival, resilience, and love during these unprecedented times. We will continue to lend our voices to the verse with specific concentration on embodiment, clarity, personal connection, and the merging of the emotional and intellectual through-line. This collaborative assignment has two parts: a creative writing component, and a skilled performance component.