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    Bring a Goddess to a Party

    Students were expected to have researched one goddess from the ancient Near East as described in several primary and secondary sources. The description of the activity on the syllabus is as follows: Choose a female deity or demon from the ancient Near East that you find captivating. Now imagine you have just invited her to a party at Smith College. Describe what she looks like and what she will wear to the party. How will you introduce her to your friends? Tell them where she is from, what her interest are, and explain her special talents, as well as any personality traits that might make for awkward social interactions.

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    Baroque Gestures Activity

     

    Students learn about the importance of gestures in baroque opera through viewing and practicing them.

    Goals:

    • to teach students that baroque opera involved body movement as well as music, and that physical motion and musical material were intimately linked in the 17th and 18th centuries
    • to demonstrate how stage gesture can affect one's interpretation of an opera scene.

    Class: Music 97a: Music History and Repertory: Medieval to Baroque

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    Reactions to Revolution?

    How did race, gender, employment, and other characteristics condition people's responses to revolutionary activities during the American Revolution? In this activity, students take on different personas and consider whether they would support a boycott of British goods.... Read more about Reactions to Revolution?

    One-Minute Musicals

    In gen ed course, Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 31: American Musicals and Culture, students in Luci Mok's section present one-minute summaries of musicals to engage with the main plot and show that they have seen it.... Read more about One-Minute Musicals

    Visual Essays and Makeover Parodies

    Students in Caroline Light's general education course, Sex and the Citizen, create five-minute visual essays in response to Brenda Weber's, Makeover Nation. In order to do this assignment, students must complete the assigned reading and gain familiarity with iMovie, Prezi, or PowerPoint. These visual essays or makeover parodies are meant to address issues of identity and citizenship central to the course.... Read more about Visual Essays and Makeover Parodies

    Religion & Climate Simulation

     

    A three day simulation of the Parliament of World Religions teaches students about the role of faith groups in addressing climate change.

    Goals:

    • to provide an opportunity to study religious teachings related to nature and the environment
    • to investigate ways these teachings might contribute to practical policies and actions by persons and communities of faith in the face of destructive climate change
    • to intensify the learning experience by simulating the work of delegates to a real world...
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