In its launch year of 2015-2016, Arts Integration helped 48 different courses from across the university make interdisciplinary connections with live art happening on campus. Below are just a few examples:
BUS 491: Strategic Management
Prof. Mona Sabuco
Business majors attended rehearsal and performance for HERE: A US-Korean Dance & Live Music Exchange in Person Theater. This original dance work, spearheaded by choreographer and Prof. Christine Cali, fused traditional Korean dance, contemporary American dance and Indie-Rock music, with student and professional dancers and musicians working side-by-side. BUS 491 students wrote memos to Prof. Sabuco based on this experience, performing internal scans of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance to assess organizational strengths and weaknesses.
Our analysis of the Theater Program as a business was an insightful and valuable experience… Conducting an internal scan of the theater as a business allowed me to expand my ability to recognize organizational strengths and weaknesses and identify resources and company structure… An ability to conduct an internal scan of my organization will be a critical managing tool to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement. – Dan Virkstis, BUS 491 student
Prof. Cinzia Forasiepi
Education: Multiple Subject 411: Teaching Second Language Learners
Using a module from the Arts Integration FLC, Prof. Forasiepi led 12 students working in Ives 80 dance studio through movement and sketching exercises in response to the song “The Last Midnight” from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine, which performed at SSU in Spring 2016. Students used the musicals themes of disasters and miracles in everyday life to model moment-to-moment classroom strategies for their own field, teaching English to second language learners.
“Learning art techniques... inspired me to use them in my own course and adapt them for my learning goals.” – Prof. Cinzia Forasiepi
Prof. Dave Kung from St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Math Festival Colloqium
Prof. Kung orchestrated his talk and performance “Harmonious Equations: A Mathematical Exploration of Music” with SSU’s musicians in residence Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (cello) and Elizabeth Roe (piano). Prof. Kung’s talk ranged from the mathematics of vibrating strings, columns of air, and tides to symmetry, resonance, and group theory, linking them all to live performance of Beethoven’s Ghost Trio and Bach’s fugues.
Geography 302: World Regions in Global Context
Prof. Rheyna Laney
30 students attended this concert in Schroeder Hall presented by the Department of Music, featuring Laxmi Tewari performing classical music from Northern India, with students making links between classroom study of South Asia and performance of its enduring traditions.
English 582: Seminar in American Literature – Dangerous Women
Prof. Anne Goldman
12 students from this graduate seminar on American literature and feminism attended a performance by cabaret/jazz vocalist Paula West at Schroeder Hall, then met with Ms. West afterwards to discuss her work and career. Prof. Goldman followed this with a written assignment inviting students to compare the themes of the course to those of Ms. West’s performance.
“A really great evening…” – Prof. Anne Goldman