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Theatre and Social Change

Bringing local stories to the stage to illustrate the cultural impact of climate change on Finger Lakes communities.

The science of climate change is well documented, but its cultural impact on families and communities has not been fully explored. This class, a collaboration between the Department of Performing and Media Arts, the College of Engineering, and Civic Ensemble, delves into the ethical and sociological dimensions of climate change in the Finger Lakes. Students use applied theater techniques to conduct “story circles” in which a diverse range of local residents (including scientists, skeptics, farmers, pro- and anti-fracking advocates) share their personal narratives. The team then crafts this ethnographic research into Living Newspapers, a type of multi-media performance, that is staged on campus and across the community. Performances include curated talkbacks to foster a socially engaged dialogue at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences.

Grant type: Development

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