Your voice- as articulated
through your body and on paper -is a manifestation of your truest self.
People who can articulately and passionately voice their deepest concerns
nurture the whole community. As Arlo Guthrie said, "if you want to
end wars 'n stuff, you gotta sing loud."
This skill-based program will help students "re-oralize" themselves
with authenticity and expressiveness by developing both oral and written
eloquence and integrating them with each other. Students will also improve
research skills and apply them to furthering a social/political cause.
Specifically, each student will explore through advocacy writing, speeches,
songs, and chants a specific issue that she or he feels passionately about.
Activities will include workshops on singing, songwriting, chanting, speech
writing and delivery, research, advocacy writing and editing, the thoughtful
use of quantitative reasoning and how not to "preach to the choir."
A 12-credit option is available for students who want to do community
service. This will entail working with a community group for about 10
hours a week (or 70 hours/quarter) on an issue related to work the student
is doing for the 8-credit part of the program, and a written synthesis
of the work at the end of the quarter.
Credit will be awarded in speech,
voice and expository writing.