Dr. Will Daddario (Illinois State University) is one of the core-conveners of the international Performance Philosophy research network. His presentation is titled, “Cynic Performance and Seriously Funny Ancient Greek Tragedy.” There’s been an effort in Theatre Studies to identify philosophical antecedents to theatre other than Aristotle. Martin Puchner’s 2010 book did a fascinating job of this in the context of Plato. Will is now looking at Diogenes. His lecture will be Thursday, Oct. 1st, 11-11:50am, in the Nelke, in the HFAC.
In a struggling global economy, education is focused on core subjects such as language arts and mathematics, and the development of technological and career-readiness skills. Arts education has not been a central focus of education reform movements in the United States, and none of the current education standards frameworks deeply address the processes, texts and literacies that are inherent to arts disciplines. This lack of clarity poses a problem for state and district leaders who might be inclined to advocate for the arts in schools and classrooms across the country, but cannot find adequate detail in their guiding frameworks.This volume acknowledges the challenges that arts educators face, and posits that authentic arts instruction and learning can benefit a young person’s development both inside and outside of the classroom. It presents ways that arts teachers and literacy specialists can work together to help others understand the potential that arts learning has to enhance students 21st century learning skills.
TMA alumnus and director of Netfilx’s Mitt, Greg Whiteley, screened his latest documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, last week on UVU campus in the Regan Theatre. Greg also appeared on the KSL Doug Wright Show last week to discuss the documentary. The doc posits the question, “What sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?” The film replies, “Our school system was designed in 1893. The documentary examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. After seeing this film, the way you think about ‘school’ will never be the same.”