Immerse yourself in contemporary African performance at one of South Africa’s oldest and most vibrant arts festivals. See the story of Penn-in-Grahamstown as told by previous students at http://upenningrahamstown2012.tumblr.com/.
With a course centered on Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival, Penn-in-Grahamstown is an unforgettable online and on-site experience led by Professor of Music Carol Muller. During “10 Days of Amazing,” the festival showcases established and emerging artists in music, theatre, and dance. The program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students of the performing arts as well as students studying cultural diversity, and includes online class sessions prior to the festival, and daily blogging and discussions during the festival. After the festival, the program concludes with a two-day seminar, a township tour, and a visit to a nearby elephant sanctuary.
To be scheduled
|Arrive in Grahamstown||Wednesday, July 2, 2014|
|Attend Arts Festival with daily
blogging and discussion
|Thursday, July 3 -
Sunday, July 13, 2014
|On-site two-day seminar||Monday, July 14 -
Tuesday July 15, 2014
|Depart from Grahamstown||Wednesday, July 16, 2014|
|Final paper due||Wednesday, August 6, 2014|
All students register for a total of 1 course unit (CU). Course offerings are subject to change.
Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.
Note for Visiting Students: One course unit (CU) is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when Penn coursework is transferred to another institution.
Seeing/Hearing South Africa: Politics and History through Contemporary Performance
MUSIC 056 / AFRICAN STUDIES 056 / AFRICANA STUDIES 056 (1CU)
Taught by Carol Muller, University of Pennsylvania
Fulfills Sector III: Arts and Letters; General Education Requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis.
The course begins with four two-hour online classes in the two weeks before the festival that provide an overview of South African political history, and the way it has shaped music, dance, and theatre. Students will be expected to post to blogs and discussion forums about course materials—audio, video, and readings—provided online prior to leaving for South Africa. These blogs and discussion materials will be fully integrated into the online lectures. A public blog is created by students from class writing. The Grahamstown Festival includes a wide range of events: we focus on South African jazz, gospel, and art music, with some discussion of dance and theater. All students will be required to post daily to blogs and discussion forums while at the Festival. The class will conclude with two days of discussion, synthesis, and a final essay.
No pre-requisites. Music 51 or an Africa-related class in history, anthropology, or African languages (Zulu) recommended but not required for participation.
The online portions of this course will be delivered via Canvas.
Students stay in dormitory-style housing arranged by the program. Breakfast is included.
Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
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