Performance Behind Bars: Sacred Music, Sacred Texts, and Social Justice (religion 943 crosslisted as Theater Studies 437)

REL943
Fall 2016
M 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Area: 
Area V
Professor: 
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

The course will engage students in collaborating with Incarcerated men on adapting sacred texts and songs for theatrical performance.  Students will explore the potential of theater as a catalyst for personal and social transformation.  Students will read Dante’s Divine Comedy as well as studying theatrical texts based on sacred sources as they become familiar with the criminal justice system in America.

Background Expected: 

Interest in social justice and the arts.

Course Requirements: 

Weekly readings and weekly papers.  A final script and public performance will also be required.

Attendance at all sessions is required.  Students who miss more than one of the weekly sessions will not be able to pass the course.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Class participation and the documentation of the prison work as written in the weekly papers.