Put The Community In Community College
Since coming to Palomar in 1995, I’ve noticed the paradox that our sprawling community college often lacked a sense of community. It is my passionate belief that The Performing Arts provide a unique forum for building community by bringing people together for a shared experience that opens hearts, minds and eyes. Over the years I have initiated several collaborations to explore those possibilities. The momentum has been building as the community has appreciated these projects and the technology to connect large numbers of people in dialogue has developed. The Performing Hearts Project brings all these efforts together into a multilayered collaboration on the internet, in classrooms across our campus, the community at large and in the intimate setting of our performance venues.
The Performing Hearts Project was sparked when the Palomar College Committee to Combat Hate (PC3H) invited the Theatre Program to present a play that would be relevant to the LGBTQ&A (LesbianGayBi-SexualTransgenderQueer&Allied) community and would contribute to making Palomar an open, welcoming campus. A project was born! An invitation to dialogue and action.
The culmination of our 2011-12 project year will be a theatre production on an LGBTQ&A theme that will be chosen by a vote from our community.
The beauty of the project is that it creates opportunities for participation in many levels and scales. Anyone can create a project that relates to our theme. It might be a classroom project that involves only a handful of students. It might involve one person standing on a street corner with a sign. It might be ambitious enough to engage a wide range of students, faculty, staff. community members, classes, committees etc. Make your project. Post pictures, videos or other documentation here on the blog. Get you participants to post comments and dialogue here on the blog.
Let’s put the community in community college.
-Michael Mufson, Professor of Theatre-
Palomar Coffee Talks invites teachers and students to participate in this integrative learning project. Pablo Picasso famously described art as, “A lie that reveals the truth.” We offer performances and public gatherings that provide an occasion to analyze aspects of our society and the human condition from the multiple perspectives provided by differing academic disciplines. For the Fall of 2015, we are focusing on two questions raised by Bertolt Brecht’s provocative play THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN: What does it mean to be a...
Coffee Talk on Thursday, April 21 after the 4PM performance (approximately 5:45 PM) Respondents: Homayra Yusufi-Marin grew up in San Diego but was born in war torn Afghanistan. Her family immigrated to the United States during the Cold War and she’s called San Diego home ever since. Ms. Yusufi has spent the past five years working as a Policy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) focusing on immigration and education policy. Ms. Yusufi completed her masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy...
The subject of The Refugee Crisis is ripe with critical thinking and community building opportunities across many disciplines: Who are the refugees living in our community and attending our classes and where have they come from? What are the root conditions that result in 59.5 displaced people worldwide? What is the relationship between western colonialism and the current refugee situation? What is the ethical/moral obligation of western nations to address the crisis? What historical American values are challenged by our response to the...
Read the review of our production of The Good Person of Setzuan in the Telescope Newspaper.
In response to our Coffee Talk theme, The Telescope Newspaper conducted interviews on campus asking a variety of people, “What does it mean to be a good person?”
The Telescope Newspaper wrote an excellent article about the Coffee Talk for The Good Person of Setzuan.
We want your help choosing the final play of our season. Is there a play that you want to see at Palomar Theatre? Is there a theme or a subject that you think we should address? The only criteria are that it must have at least 8 characters and it cannot be a musical. Use the comment box below to submit your suggestion.
The whole world seems to be experiencing a critical juncture. Everywhere we look conflict and crisis foment uncertainty. How can our political, economic and social structures respond to the rising tide of environmental degradation, climate change, ideological extremism, unemployment, poverty, disease, racial injustice and war? How do individuals cope with the instability and uncertainty of their fragile situations. Our performance projects and associated public forums will explore these questions and look for innovative thinking and...
In our current political and economic climate, what are the obstacles and challenges to creating a well-informed citizenry capable of grappling with the difficult choices that face our nation?
Click on the “Read More” button below to go to the entry page for Connecting Classroom. Use the comments box to enter the names of the classes you teach that are participating in this project . Optionally, you can include the meeting times. Participation is as simple as incorporating discussion of a relevant topic into your classroom.
Click the “Enjoy Participating” tab on our Welcome Page for some specific suggestions of ways to participate.
Look for classes that meet at the same time and consider sharing your discussions and insights together.