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Civic Ensemble, “Climates of Change”

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:30am to 11:30am

Boyce Thompson Institute, Auditorium

A collaborative project between Civic Ensemble and Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts (PMA), sponsored by Engaged Cornell. Members of the project will engage us with some storytelling and lead a discussion about the engaged learning methodology being employed for this project.

Cornell PMA Professor Sara Warner's longstanding course entitled Theatre and Social Change course has been reimagined, and with funding from Engaged Cornell, is now being co-taught with Senior Lecturer and Civic Ensemble Co-Artistic Director Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. Further collaborators are Cornell Climatologist Toby Ault and Civic Co-Artistic Director Sarah K. Chalmers. The course teaches students how to use theatre to initiate dialogue and change around a vital issue of our times. This semester, that issue is climate change here in Tompkins County and the greater Finger Lakes area.

In addition to classroom lectures and hands-on workshops on climate science and theatre techniques, student are participating in story circles and interviews off-campus with community members, students, scientists, government officials, farmers, and artists. Civic Ensemble is establishing connections with individuals and community and government groups to set up story circles and interviews during the month of October. These stories and interviews will help create the course’s culminating project, a play in the format of a Living Newspaper, to be performed in December.

[come anytime after 10am for refreshents]

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CAPE: Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti

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CynthiaAnne Robinson

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Cornell Civic Ensemble

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Engaged Cornell and Department of Performing and Media Arts

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