2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Visions and Voices: Culture, Community and Creativity

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Lara Evans art history, visual arts, Therese Saliba international feminism, Middle East studies, English, Laurie Meeker film and video production, media theory

Fields of Study: Native American studies, art history, community studies, cultural studies, literature and media studies

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10003 (16) Fr  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20003 (16) Fr  Signature Required Students must read selected books from fall quarter. Interested students should contact Therese Saliba (salibat@evergreen.edu or 360-867-6854) or Laurie Meeker (meekerl@evergreen.edu or 360-867-6613) or meet with the faculty at the Academic Fair December 1, 2010.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen ONLYFreshmen Only; 100% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Freshmen

Offered During: Day

Academic Website: http://blogs.evergreen.edu/visionsandvoices/


This program will focus on community-based conceptions of the arts and politics, with attention to how artistic production can reflect the “visions and voices” of communities and cultures. Students will be introduced to the foundations of cultural and literary studies, media and visual studies, and community studies, with an emphasis on the alternative visions and forms of cultural expression of often marginalized groups seeking to preserve land and cultures faced with colonization and globalization. We will explore themes such as the connection between native peoples, land, resources and struggles for self-determination; the power of story and artistic expression in illuminating hidden histories; and the role that public art, literature and media can play in community struggles and organizing.

With an emphasis on multiculturalism, identity, and especially Native American and Arab cultures, this program will explore the histories of colonialism and Empire and how art, media and narrative have been used as tools of both conquest and resistance. We will draw on critiques of Orientalism, colonialism and the male gaze through indigenous and feminist cinema, literature and art. We will examine how the visions and voices of indigenous and diasporic communities challenge the western cult of individualism, the masculinist notion of the solo artist, and the consumerist system of media production.

We will emphasize the participatory, communal and public aspects of art and narrative, situating them within larger, shared cultures and within the historical and socio-political contexts of struggles for self-determination. We will also explore perspectives, points-of-view and the politics of representation, as well as the tensions between individualism and collaboration in the production process. With attention to the role of spectator and consumer, we will examine the reception, circulation and marketing of art forms, and the dangers of their political and cultural co-optation, as we envision community-based alternatives to capitalist production and consumption of art.

Students will learn to read cultural texts, including film, visual art and literature, to understand the relationships of people and communities to their environments and their sense of shared identity. Students will develop skills in visual and media literacy, creative and expository writing, analytical reading and viewing, literary analysis, and the terminologies and methodologies of cultural and gender studies, film history and theory, and art history. Through workshops, students will also learn a range of community documentation skills, including photography, video, radio-audio documentary, interviewing and oral history, ethnography and auto-ethnography. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively in the contexts of cultural and community engagement.

Maximum Enrollment: 69

Required Fees: Fall/Winter $250 per quarter for art/media supplies, overnight field trips, and museum tickets.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: visual studies, film studies, cultural studies, literary studies, Native American studies, Arab studies, gender studies, community organizing and advocacy, documentary journalism, and education.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 20th, 2010 This program is only offered Fall-Winter, instead of Fall-Winter-Spring.