Choose one of the following two courses.
Arts Studio – syllabus
(ARTS2000-3000 / 3 credits)
This seminar is geared toward students in the visual and performing arts and literature and requires independent studio work in inter-media visual arts utilizing digital photography, collage or other experimental techniques, physical theater, or creative writing. The objective is to connect students more deeply to artists and projects related to their field of study through a combination of studio work, critiques, and personal discussions with Czech artists. Creative writing students work under the guidance of a Czech writer. Inter-media visual arts and theater students work in a studio setting with established artists and theater instructors and conceptually in the field, developing ideas for possible in-depth exploration during the ISP period. Depending on the student’s area of focus, attendance at theater or dance performances, visits to visual arts exhibitions, or completing readings in contemporary Czech literature will be required. The seminar culminates in a presentation of student work in progress, including a visual arts exhibition, a performance, and literary readings. The choice of focus for the seminar must be requested at the time of application. For inter-media visual arts, theater studio work, and creative writing, a basic course or background in the area of study is highly recommended.
Czech History, Arts, and Civil Society II: Creativity in Context – syllabus
(EURO/ARTS 3005 / 3 credits)
This seminar provides an emphasis on the nexus of contemporary politics and civic initiatives where the arts and creativity are key components for impelling social change. The seminar includes readings, lectures, and roundtable discussions on the evolution and defining characteristics of civil society in the Czech Republic today as well as visits to NGOs and festivals and discussions with former dissidents and activists engaged with topics such as youth support, alternative culture, human rights, or the integration of socially and ethnically marginalized groups. The class provides firsthand observation and analysis of the social legacy of communism and critical issues in Czech and post-socialist European society today.