integrative learning at the involved stage
The Keystone seminar: Art and social engagement
The Keystone Seminar is the culminating point of the Global Citizen Programme offered at Webster University worldwide. A number of thematic options are available for the students to explore matters of social relevance from a critical perspective. Art and social engagement: How do the arts impact the world? is one of such seminars.
This course has been associated to The Involved Stage since Fall 2015. In this incarnation of the seminar, the students are encouraged to explore the political side of art through theoretical reflection and hands-on creative experience.
The first part of the course revolves around theories about art and social involvement (Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal, Chantal Mouffe and Alain Badiou among others), while the second concentrates on the production of a performance. This is done in light of such theories and on the basis of the skills acquired during their studies. In so doing, the participants address social antagonisms through aesthetic means.