Great Reckonings in (and on) Little Boxes

Sarah Bay-Cheng’s visit to Mellon School 2018 offered attendees (are we Mellonites? Mellonheads?) an occasion to think seriously about the digital as framework through which to understand our efforts at public engagement. In brief, her lively talk sketched out the interplay between the persisting figure of the box set and interventions from the world of contemporary art and performance into our increasingly thoroughgoing digital culture.

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Pedagogical exercises

On the first day of Carrie Preston’s seminar, we read a pedagogical exercise that appears in her book, Learning to Kneel: Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching. The activity, which Preston had conducted as part of a unit on Brecht’s “learning plays,” was designed to demonstrate how often students “submit to the authority of a teacher or ‘great writer’ like Brecht without recognizing that they are being asked to say yes” (156). Preston then requested that each of us share a pedagogical activity of our own for the class. Many members of the class have generously...

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Street Dance Activism

On Thursday, one of this year’s participants, Shamell Bell, led us in a Street Dance Activism workshop, sharing some of her pedagogical and activist strategies as a #BlackLivesMatter organizer in Los Angeles and PhD Student at UCLA. A trained dancer, Bell is invested, both in theory and practice, in how street dance can be used as a form of what she terms “self-care, resistance, and team building.” This LA ...

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