2018-19 A Season of Works By Women


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Join Palomar’s  Campus Engagement Through The Arts for a dynamic year of performances and public events that amplify the voices and perspectives of women artists and thinkers. For too long women, and other folks that do not identify as “male”, have been excluded from the canons of art & literature, diminished in the halls of academia and obstructed from the seats of power.  The current resurgence of hyper-masculinity in our politics and culture is being answered by a rising tide of intersectional women’s empowerment.  We aim to reflect and contribute to this significant development. Our theatre season includes four fully produced plays and a series of staged readings highlighting playwrights of color.  We are also collaborating with the Art Department, and various other disciplines to produce exhibitions, roundtable discussions, and other events to open eyes, hearts, minds.

Each event stimulates unique dialogue and creates an opportunity to build a bridge of understanding.  We look forward to engaging with you to build a community of empathy through Arts and Dialogue.

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O Beautiful (2011) by Theresa Rebeck Directed by Michael Mufson | OCT 5-14

Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mash-up of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh-in and mix it up. Warning:This production contains controversial portrayals of Jesus and the Founding Fathers as well as mature themes and language.

The Children’s Hour (1934) by Lilian Hellman Directed by Francis Gercke | NOV 30 – DEC 9

What do you do when everything you say is made to mean something else? Lillian Hellman, one of our country’s most significant playwrights, tackled this question long before fake news, spin,  and political correctness overwhelmed our popular culture. In 1934 Massachusetts, two teachers, Martha and Karen, establish a successful private school for young women only to be confronted by a community that punishes the innocent with rumor and innuendo. As Mark Twain observed more than a century ago, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its  shoes.”

Legally Blonde, The Musical (2007) • Book by Heather Hach • Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin •  Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture  • Directed by Michael Mufson | MARCH 8-17

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie. Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (1988) by Ann-Marie MacDonald Directed by Dana Case | MAY 3-12

This lively comedy cleverly captures an undistinguished academic who takes a Shakesperian topple down a rowdy rabbit hole. When our leading lady lands, she inadvertently upends the worlds of Othello, Desdemona, Romeo, and Juliet; turning tragedy into comedy, while leaving lust and lunacy in her wake. An adventure of sharp-witted self-discovery with a wicked twist.

Campus Engagement Staged Reading Series

Times and Locations to be announced

Throughout the academic year, we will present Staged Readings of plays and projects by women to enlarge the awareness and discussions that highlight women’s stories and points of view. This project will include readings from The Every 28 Hours Plays, A National Project Focused on the Current Civil Rights Moment, originally developed in Ferguson, MO and produced by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, with artistic leadership by Dominic D’Andrea and Claudia Aick. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by a vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 76 one-minute plays.

In the Boehm Gallery | That’s What She Said |Exhibition Dates: August 30 – September 26, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30 from 1-3pm 

Gallery Talk: Thursday, August 30 from 2-3pm

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 8 from 3-5pm

That’s What She Said is our opening exhibition featuring four women artists and their independent explorations into womanhood, power structures and myths about the female experience. • Raheleh Filsoofi is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Iran, Texas and South Florida. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound and video; aiming for a holistic sensory experience. • Michelle Montjoy is a maker, a former public school art teacher, a parent and a citizen.  She organizes socially engaged projects that start with my questions about access, connection, isolation, the passage of time, and the meditation in repetitive actions. • Helen Redman is a widely exhibited figurative painter, teacher, feminist commentator and grandmother who shares her art in the context of life issues. For over five decades, her work has centered on her life passages – including pregnancy, mothering, illness, healing and trauma. • SIEN Collective is the collaborative work of artists Meagan Shein and Siobhan Arnold.   • Síen: strong feminine noun 1. power of seeing, power of sight, sight vision 2. the instrument of sight, the eye, pupil 3. a sight spectacle

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From: Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain by Mary Taylor Huber and Pat Hutchings published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

The impulse to connect is a universal human desire, and the ability to do so in sophisticated ways indicates intellectual and emotional maturity. While education has long been seen as a vehicle for learning how to integrate life experiences, formal study, diverse perspectives, and knowledge gained over time, the challenges of the contemporary world have brought a new urgency to the issues of connection and integration.

Integrative learning is clearly important for today’s college graduates, who will face complex issues in their professional lives and in the broader society. In fact, it could be argued that in most fi elds except education—from the workplace to scientifi c discovery to medicine to world and national affairs—multilayered, unscripted problems routinely require integrative thinking and approaches.

Thirteen years ago AAC&U, in collaboration with a number of the learned societies, challenged the educational community to reform undergraduate majors so they would provide students with sustained opportunities to explore links across disciplines and with the world beyond the academy (see The Challenge of Connecting Learning). Educational innovation has advanced since 1991 with the call for such “connecting learning” resonating with external pressures (from employers, from policymakers, from the professions). However, isolated innovative practices have not yet progressed to the point where connecting learning can take its rightful place alongside breadth and depth as a hallmark of a quality undergraduate liberal education.

Recently, in its report Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College, AAC&U renewed its appeal for an education that helps students become integrative thinkers and doers. The report argues that schools, colleges, and universities need to change their practices to develop students as “integrative thinkers who can see connections in seemingly disparate information and draw on a wide range of knowledge to make decisions,” students who can “adapt the skills learned in one situation to problems encountered in another.” This integrative capacity characterizes learners prepared for the twenty-fi rst-century world: who are intentional about the process of acquiring learning, empowered by the mastery of intellectual and practical skills, informed by knowledge from various disciplines, and responsible for their actions and those of society.

Campus Engagement Through The Arts

The arts provide an ideal vehicle for integrative learning across many disciplines. 

An artworks strives to express or capture some ‘concentration of truth’ about the human condition as seen through the personal lens of the artist and inflected with the values and culture of it’s historical context.  When we experience an artwork, the personal, historical and contemporary meanings mingle and resonate in us.  This creates an opportunity to react, reflect, examine and analyze the world we live in. 

The arts are inherently collaborative and social, creating an occasion for people to come together for a shared experience.  In the context of our college, the art-event compels us  to engage in observation and analysis from the viewpoints of many disciplines and creates an opportunity for the disciplines to speak to each other. In addition to the direct educational benefits to our students, the result could be a greater sense community, connectedness and excitement about the pleasure of learning.

The Coffee Talks project offers a structure and container to facilitate a wide range of discussions and interactions.  Campus Engagement Through the Arts has become familiar in small, elite liberal arts colleges.  I believe that we, at Palomar College, can accomplish these goals within a large, public institution.  Why not? Let’s do it together.   

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