Spring 2018 Courses

Supported by the Ethics Center

CAST 170a – Documenting the Immigrant Experience

Instructor: Azlin Perdomo, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM–4:50 PM

This course investigates documentary film as a genre, and explores the potential of the medium for engaging students with immigrant communities in Waltham through hands-on production experiences. Through the process of exchanging narratives with community members, students generate raw material for a final film documentary. Usually offered every year. This is an elective that fulfills the capstone requirement for Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) minors, and also fulfills the Social Sciences distribution requirement within the CAST minor. More about CAST.

Photo credit: Susan Meiselas for Magnum Photos

LGLS 161b – Advocacy for Policy Change

advocacyInstructor: Melissa Stimell
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 PM  3:20 PM

This is an experiential learning course. This hands-on course invites students to address concrete social problems through public policy reform. It provides background in theories, advocacy skills, networks, and key players that drive the legislative process. Focusing on policy change at the statehouse level, students engage with elected officials and community organizations to advance key legislation affecting social welfare, health, education, and economic justice. Usually offered every year.

Interested students should email the Legal Studies Program program administrator Anabela Afonso at aafonso@brandeis.edu for the registration code before early registration. There are no prerequisites. Priority is given to juniors and seniors and students majoring or minoring in Politics, Legal Studies, and Social Justice Social Policy. This course can satisfy the internship requirement for Legal Studies, HSSP, and SJSP, and qualifies as a writing intensive class and an oral communications class. Students can contact Professor Stimell with additional questions: stimell@brandeis.edu.

THA 180a: In Your Face: Staging the Self through Theatrical Installation

Instructor: Prof. Cameron Andersontha180a
Time: Fridays 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Students will create a living theatrical self-portrait. Through an exploration of site-specific theater and performance art and design, students will explore themselves and their values in order to create an original live work of theater. We will ask ourselves how our experiences, past and present, can become fodder for a performance that creates social transformation and empowerment. What are the differences between how we see ourselves and how others see us? How can our narratives be transformed into mythology and metaphor? Usually offered every second year. No experience in performance, theater, or design expected.