Performance, Activism, & Human Rights

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Module Coordinators: Joshua Chambers-Letson

Committee of Instruction: Joshua Chambers-Letson, Marcela Alejandra Fuentes, E. Patrick Johnson, D. Soyini Madison, Ramon Rivera-Servera, Mary Alice Zimmerman

Module Advisor: Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw

In this module, the student will engage how modes of performance inspire and generate activism toward human rights as it relates to such topics as freedom of expression, environmental and economic justice, gender rights, and political equity.

Learning Objectives

The overarching objective for the course is for the student to develop a comprehensive viewpoint of human rights and how performance can be used as a powerful and effective strategy to promote and sustain human rights. The module seeks:

  • To broaden students’ understanding of performance and its role in the production of social, political, and cultural behavior across nations, communities, and families.

  • To describe key concepts in the relationship between performance and activism.

  • To interpret the effect that performance has in generating the transformation of conflict, political discourse, human rights and activist initiatives as it relates to civic engagement, ethnographic methods, and artistic practice.

  • To analyze public performance sites that range from activist interventions, governmental ceremonies, community and family traditions, and everyday behaviors of social and political life.

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