Russell agreed with Peterson:
“I want these types of discussions to help students do with their work what I hope my teaching and professional work does for students and audiences: I want to comfort the afflicted, make space safe for those who are in danger, and afflict the comfortable. I want my students’ work to be rooted in social progress. Because otherwise, why are we doing it? Theatre is already inherently risky, so we should make what we do meaningful.”
Expand Offerings of Society on Stage?
Every year the Kunz Center supports attending a play and holding a discussion, and based on the feedback from students, these will continue to be well attended events. The only criticism from students was that there weren’t more opportunities to engage in this type of discussion, and more disciplines weren’t yet involved.
Russell is hopeful that they can change this, and gain support for more of these events and discussions:
“There isn’t the budget in CCM right now to hold these types of events for students, and I would like to change that. I’d like to invite more students, especially upperclassmen, to these discussions so that the freshmen that attend can hear the perspective of those who have been practicing the art more. From a pedagogical point of view, I’d like to engender in my students a better way to emulate and transcend the work that they create and consume. These types of discussions challenge them to articulate what they see and do in ways that better prepare them in their careers.”
“Ideally we will expand Society on Stage to include more events, more discussions, and more students and disciplines,” Casanova added. “These experiences benefit faculty and students, and align with what the university wants to provide to students, so we are hoping that we can increase our support and offerings to students in the upcoming years.”
About Kunz Center for Social Research
The Kunz Center for Social Research, housed in the Department of Sociology, has a two-fold mission: 1) support Center faculty and student research, and 2) develop research-related relationships with community organizations.
Faculty and students affiliated with the Kunz Center for Social Research conduct research on a wide range of social issues. If you are a student, community organization, or donor interested in getting involved with the Kunz Center for Social Research, please contact Erynn Casanova at email@example.com
About College-Conservatory of Music
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. An actor who graduates from CCM is ready to say YES to film, television, stage, voice-over, and commercial opportunities. In CCM Acting students practice the skills needed to be a successful actor, no matter where or when.
If you want to apply to CCM Acting, please visit the application page. If you have questions about your application, or would like to sponsor these types of events, please contact Brant Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.