Jessica A. Kaahwa, the internationally acclaimed playwright and director from Uganda, says: “Theatre is a proven means of advocating and advancing ideas that we collectively hold and are willing to fight for when violated [...]. Theatre is that universal language by which we can advance messages of peace and reconciliation.” Calling attention to the ways theatre has helped people living in war zones, exile, and poverty, Kaahwa believes that theatre can help to create a better world. In this seminar, students will examine the ways that theatre and performance intersect with issues of human rights. Is Kaahwa’s vision of theatre a realistic one? How can beauty be created in the midst of death and destruction? In what ways can the performing arts be used effectively in moments of social crisis? How have artists historically reacted to violations of human rights? How does theatre restore and transmit memory associated with violence? Topics will include: war, genocide, torture, gendered violence, immigration, human trafficking, access to natural resources, gay rights, and labor rights.
Theatrical texts and films will be the focus of the course and may include:
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