The Story

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-


Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Connecting Classrooms, Discuss-Debate | 3 comments

Sample Assignment from Bill Jahnel

This is an example of an extra credit assignment from Bill Jahnel in the Economics, History and Political Science Department

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What does marriage mean to you?

Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Discuss-Debate | 15 comments

What does marriage mean to you?

How do you define marriage? What makes it sacred? If marriage = a loving couple committing to each other for the rest of their lives, who else should be part of the equation? Some people believe a marriage is only valid if done in church by a priest, while others are content to be legally married in a courthouse. Some couples want to have a ceremony to involve all the people they love as witnesses of the solidifying of their union. Some couples already feel committed to their bond but want the law to acknowledge their bond for tax, insurance,...

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Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Discuss-Debate, LGBTQ Awareness Month | 20 comments

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

Is Homosexuality a Lifestyle Choice?

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On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Analyze This, Discuss-Debate, Last Summer At Bluefish Cove | 36 comments

On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

On Gay Marriage, Bluefish Cove Was Ahead Of It’s Time

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Connecting Classrooms Program

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Analyze This, Connecting Classrooms, Discuss-Debate | 0 comments

Connecting Classrooms Program

Learn More About Connecting Our Classrooms

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Respond to Pride Fest

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Pride Fest | 1 comment

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Palomar’s Pride Fest.

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Respond to Keynote Address

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Keynote Address | 0 comments

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Keynote Address.

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Respond to Day of Silence

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Day Of Silence | 8 comments

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Day of Silence.

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Respond to Bullying Workshop

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in You Never Know | 1 comment

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Bullying Workshop.

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Respond to Between The Silence

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Between The Silence | 2 comments

This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Between The Silence.

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