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PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

African-American History and Culture, Theater and Performance, Black Cultural Studies, Literature
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Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Perform! Together we will devise a performance piece.

Maybe it’s a dance piece grappling with questions of space, identity, and collectivity. Maybe you’re looking to explore questions of autobiographical personal dilemmas. Theatre is a craft that helps us tackle these big questions. By working on this piece, you will gain the skills necessary to confidently create your own artistic performance in the future that you can proudly share with others.

Cultural Criticism: Have you ever been interested in cultural commentary?

Far from a snobby hobby for red-wine-drinking turtlenecks, cultural criticism is how academic scholars have developed theories of the world for centuries. It’s a skill that few people understand but many people can do with the right help! If you’re interested in this project, we will explore methods, theories, and practices of cultural criticism that will leave you feeling excited about the humanities. By the end of this project, you will have the tools necessary to generate your own theory about the self, culture, and the world.

Family History Project:

Where do you start? What resources do you use? This project helps you answer a timeless question: where do you come from? This is a project that can be tackled with traditional historical work, or you can pursue it with a creative twist. Sometimes art illuminates family stories better than textbooks ever can. If you’re interested in bringing the past to life, this is the project for you. Skills you will improve include: historical archival interpretation, analysis, oral history methods, creative art practice, and more. This project might culminate in a variety of ways—whatever helps you best understand the past. Some examples might be a devised theater piece, an historical article, or a family keepsake.