Fall 2017

AM297: Art, Urbanism, and Community
Four credit hours. Lisle

We will examine urban change and the built environment, focusing particularly on the roles that art and culture can play in shaping cities and communities. Our case studies will be Waterville and Washington Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. We will be particularly attentive to ways that economic, political, social, and cultural power are expressed and resisted through urban spaces. This is an interdisciplinary Humanities Center lab course, meaning it foregrounds experiential and community-oriented learning. We will partner with a course at the University of Chicago being taught by Theaster Gates, an installation artist; we will visit Chicago once during the semester and host our partners once in Waterville.


AR287: The Artist’s Book: Designing and Producing Publications as Art
Four credit hours. Green

Takes students through the history and production of artists’ books, the unique and limited-edition publications that are themselves considered works of art. Students learn to produce their own books, from typography and page design through printing and binding. Many forms of the artist’s book will be considered, including zines, photo books, visual diaries, and fine editions. Students across all disciplines are encouraged to enroll. Origins humanities lab. Prerequisite: Any 100-level studio art course.


AR347: Art and Maine
Four credit hours. Sheehan

This humanities lab introduces students to Maine’s important role in American art. In 2017-2018, it focuses on three case studies from the 19th and 20th centuries: the realist paintings of Winslow Homer, abstractions of Marsden Hartley, and romantic visions of the Wyeth family. Themes include Maine’s representation as a natural resource; embodiment of local, national, and international values; and artistic origin or refuge. Research and writing assignments incorporate first-hand study of objects at the Portland Museum of Art and the Colby Museum of Art as well as field work at the Wyeths’ home on Allen Island.


CI245: Documentary Video Production: An Editor’s Perspective   
Four credit hours.  Murphy

-1In this Humanities Lab students will produce and edit short documentaries about Allen Island and mid-coast Maine which will be included in the Maine Food documentary series. Topics may include lobstering, aquaponics, food co-ops, and food education. Students will learn the basics of video production, although the focus will be on video editing. Students will learn the art of revision, as well as technical skills such as using a camera, shooting a scene, and interviewing subjects. Students’ videos will be informed by best practices in the documentary genre. One overnight trip to Allen Island is required. Previously listed as Cinema Studies 297 (Fall 2014).


IT397 Zine! A Practical Introduction to Contemporary Poetry (in English)
Four credit hours. Rizzo

Offers students an opportunity to engage directly with some of the most exciting poetry written in the past few decades, create their own texts, and collect them in a zine (a minimalist paper journal) we will be editing. First, we will become familiar with the most common non-lyrical poetic techniques (chance-based, collage, automatic writing, etc.), as well as the artists that invented and practiced them over the past few decades. Then, we will compose brand new poems, to be included in our very own zine. Guest lectures and field trips will enhance the class experience. Origins humanities lab.


JanPlan 2017

TD261: Topics in Performance: Activist Storytelling Workshop
Three credit hours. Weinblatt

Students will create original story-based performance pieces inspired by their own passion — issues such as the environment, race, poverty, reproductive justice, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, disability, diversity, access to education, etc. Students will explore a variety of writing and performance styles and techniques to engage in creative process and generate material. Culminates in a showcase presentation of solo and small group pieces at Colby and at a professional performance venue in Portland, which will require additional travel and rehearsal time the final week of Jan Plan. No previous writing or performance experience necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.


TD264: Applied Performance/Production: Portland Ballet   
Three credit hours.  Kloppenberg

Students will spend Jan Plan in Portland, Maine where they will participate in daily company classes with the Portland Ballet Professional Company, in a new creative project with a visiting choreographer, and will have part-time internships in a variety of areas. Interested students should contact Professor Kloppenberg early in the fall and are strongly encouraged to enroll in TD116 and/or TD117 in the fall semester to be ready to work at a high level. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Audition.


PL297:Taking Philosophy Public
Three credit hours. Gordon

This Humanities Lab explores—theoretically and practically—how philosophy might contribute to public life, and students will engage the public philosophically through a variety of means. Like other disciplines, philosophy has turned recently to urgent conversations about how we might constructively contribute to public life, how we might extend what we do in the academy out to the public sphere. Students will first read philosophical texts about how and why public philosophy should happen and the role of the public intellectual, especially in times of struggle for those struggling; they will Skype with philosophers who are currently engaged in public philosophy activities; and students will then design, organize, and carry out public philosophy events or activities in small groups. Those may include a Socrates Café, writing op-ed pieces for local papers using philosophy to analyze current events, engaging local grade school students or the elderly in philosophical conversation, or something else of their own design and choosing. Prerequisite: at least one course in philosophy.