2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Telling the Untold Story: Studies in Storymaking and Storytelling

NEW! Last Updated: 12/10/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Joye Hardiman humanities and performance

Major areas of study include American studies, history, literature, storytelling, performance, education and community studies

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program is accepting new students, who have appropriate background, for enrollment in 4, 8, 12, or 16-credit options. Contact faculty for additional information. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

An adaptation of an ancient Egyptian tale, "Blinding of Truth by Falsehood" asserts that, once upon a time when Truth ruled the world, there was inclusivity, reciprocity, hospitality and civility. But Truth had a brother named Falsehood who instituted a series of "mis-educations" that disconnected people from the truths of their origins, traditions, genius and power. These "mis-educations" were institutionized by theologies, educational systems and popular culture. The result was a world turned upside down. So the story goes.

The goal of this two-quarter program is to take one small step toward turning the world right side up. We will accomplish this by expanding student knowledge and awareness about their communities and the communities of others through increased interdisciplinary understanding of the concept, process and impact of mis-education and "good" education. The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson and Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen will be two of the major texts in the program. We will emphasize increasing student motivation to conduct substantive research on selected "mis-educations"; examining the supporting beliefs, perceptions, stereotypes and assumptions involved; and understanding the multiple truths that explain or refute them. Ultimately, through the utilization of multiple compositional forms and storytelling traditions, and through the design and public presentation of performances, we hope to "restore truth and eradicate falsehood."

The program will consist of a media literacy video/film series, an inquiry-based lecture series, storytelling and performance workshops, reflective seminars, fall quarter "outside world as texts" co-curricular activities, and winter quarter "service learning as reality check."

In spring quarter Professors Joye Hardiman and Kabby Mitchell will offer a 16-credit program focused on producing and promoting full-fledged versions of performances designed during winter quarter.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

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Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in American studies, history, arts, education, cultural studies, community substainability and social justice.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language, Expressive Arts, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
August 21st, 2008 This is a new program for fall and winter, not previously published.
December 10th, 2008 Winter enrollment details added (4, 8, 12 or 16 credit options).