IAS Seminar

Spring 2014:

"Great Collaborations of the American Stage"

  DANC  398  ENGL  498/898  THEA  398/898

Open to Graduate students and advanced Undergraduates.

This advanced seminar accompanies Season V, "Great Collaborations of the American Stage,” of the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium. We will explore several aspects of Western Hemisphere literary and performance culture with a special LGBTQ focus. Concerns will involve modern dance, musical theater, popular music, film, performance art, visual art, national identities, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Class is routinely guest-taught by visiting artists; students attend performances and presentations and also interact with the artists. Since no two seasons of IAS are alike, this is always a rare and exciting opportunity for graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Scheduled performances and speakers for Spring 2014 include: The Martha Graham Dance Company; Richard Move, choreographer and performance artist, doing his drag/incorporation of Martha called Martha@, accompanied by a current Graham company member who dances while Richard performs; Move’s new film about artist Ana Mendieta (best known for her “earth-body” work), which will be screened at the Sheldon Museum, with a talk by the film maker; Broadway composer Scott Frankel (Far From Heaven, Grey Gardens), who has worked with Barbra Streisand among other luminaries; National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Dr. Andrew Solomon, author most recently of Far From the Tree, about difference and love; It Gets Better with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, performing and doing a one-week residency; Local performance artist, Charley Friedman; UNL psychology professor and member of the Lady Gaga “Born This Way” board of directors, Dr. Sue Swearer.

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Reviews of Previous IAS Courses

  • "the speakers/scholars/artists brought in through IAS made the experience unique and wholly involving."
  • "Very well taught [by a] wonderful scholar, knowledgeable, engaged.....a great class based in inquiry"
  • "I have greatly benefited from this course! It allowed me to discover the importance of performance and the dialogue it opens up."
  • "This is by far the most informative and intellectually stimulating course I've ever taken at UNL"

The Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium is sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, presented, in part, by the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and funded, in part, by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.