In the Presence of Beauty: Writing, Healing, Resilience
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This half-time, two-quarter, writing-intensive program will explore ideas and experiences related to the many facets of beauty. Why does beauty matter? How does it influence us? What makes something beautiful? These are questions that different communities and cultures answer differently. What seem like individual “preferences” turn out to be influenced by power and tradition, which impact people in a variety of ways. We’ll study and write about beauty through a variety of lenses, including social justice, the environment, community, and literary art.
Faculty expertise in poetry, spoken word, creative nonfiction, disability justice, and community studies will guide our journey. Students will practice both critical and creative writing. We’ll read and write poems and essays, watch films, experience field trips, and study spoken word through videos and live performance. And we'll work to digest these rich materials in seminar. We’ll explore links between literary arts, beauty, and community. During fall quarter, our focus will be on individual expressions and experiences of beauty using the aesthetic theme of color and the socio-political theme of healing. During winter quarter, we’ll focus on community experiences and expressions of beauty through the elemental theme of water and socio-political theme of resilience.
This program will provide significant occasions for individual and collective learning, as we develop a vocabulary around beauty, bridge theory into practice, and work across differences. Students will leave with a portfolio of work related to the many facets and edges of beauty, and an understanding of how this powerful element permeates every aspect of our world.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Education, communication, public service, nonprofits, public health, counseling, the arts.
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Evening
Located in: Olympia