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Good Storytellers Can Change the World

Join Professor David Sherman at JBS this summer for Storytelling as Social Practice, to be held from June 1 – July 31, 2020

“The best argument in the world won’t change a person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.” (Richard Powers, The Overstory, 488)

This course builds on the vibrant storytelling movement currently traveling across the U.S.

With a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers such asIrving, Poe, Hawthorne, Twain, Chekhov, Mansfield, Hemingway, O’Connor, García Márquez, Johnson, Wallace, and Moore, this course will help to answer short story questions such as: How did the genre of the short story emerge and what distinctive work has it performed in its long and protean history? And why does the short story still matter?

You will consider the formal features of plots, characters, and narrative discourse, as well as read theoretical accounts of the role that narrative plays in personal identity, community belonging, moral judgment, historical knowledge, and political authority.

You will also participate in workshops to craft and perform stories as part of the Brandeis Storytelling Brigade. Through a series of collaborative exercises and rehearsals, you will develop a repertoire of at least four stories: one fictional story for young children, one folk tale for young children, one story based on historical research for young adults or adults, and one autobiographical or fictional story for young adults or adults.

This course will help you to develop skills in:

  • holding stage presence in body and voice
  • organizing and promoting performance events
  • participating constructively in a collaborative performance team
  • designing intricate plots, with a sense of how beginnings, middles, and ends shape human time
  • understanding character psychology and development as a part of a character system
  • researching the history of folk stories, as a strategy for doing cultural history
  • analyzing narrative in theoretically sophisticated ways, including political and philosophical investigations into how stories work and what they do
  • writing critically about the short story literary genre, as it has evolved from antiquity to the present

By the end of the JBS program you’ll have acquired a repertoire of stories and skills that can support your work in education, political advocacy, creative writing, theater, stand-up, clinical psychology, and other realms where stories circulate. By knowing the stories that you’re capable of telling, you can learn more about where and how you can be effective in the world.

APPLY TODAY!

Visit our application page to fill out a Summer 2020 JBS Application.

Questions?

If you have questions about the program, please email Prof. David Sherman at: dsherman@brandeis.edu.

Welcome Back!

It is the first day of classes here at Brandeis University and the campus is humming with excitement!

As the amazing summer comes to a close, the early signs of fall are already apparent. Daylight is beginning to soften, classrooms are filled with earnest students, and the evenings are crisp and cool in Waltham.

As you settle into your new class routines, we wish you the best with your studies this fall. If you encounter a course that you are unable to fit into your schedule, or if a required course is already closed, be sure to check back with us to see if we will offer it in Summer 2020!

Curious when classes will be announced, registration opens, or if new classes have been added? Join our email list so that you will be the first to know about any summer school updates!

If your summer plans take you away from Waltham, you can still earn Brandeis credits and continue your degree progress by taking an online summer course.  Online courses give you the flexibility to balance your summer work, travel, family commitments and social life. Learn more about online classes here.

If you have any questions about the upcoming summer, check out our website for more information or send us an email at summerschool@brandeis.edu. We are always happy to discuss any items of interest with you.

Enjoy the fall semester!

…and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.

Congratulations to all of our students for making another season of Brandeis Summer School a success!

Although we are looking forward to seeing the colorful fall leaves and indulging in pumpkin spice everything, we are sad to see the summer come to an end.

We could not have achieved so many academic accomplishments without the help of our talented group of Teaching Assistants, Program Assistants, and Activities Staff. We are very grateful for their hard work and dedication to every aspect of our summer classes.

Summer 2020 will arrive before we know it! Preparation for the upcoming season is already in progress – and we want to hear from you! Interested in taking a specific class? Improvements you’d like to suggest? Questions to ask? Email us at:  summerschool@brandeis.edu.

We are always happy to hear from our students.

We look forward to seeing you around campus and hope that you’ll join us again for a course or two next year!

In the meantime, best of luck with your studies and enjoy these last lazy days of summer.

Final Week of Summer School 2019

We have entered the final week of Brandeis Summer School 2019!

This summer included a variety of activities freely offered to students during the different sessions.

The Summer School team worked hard to provide an assortment of programs throughout the weeks and weekends to cater to all of our students’ varied schedules and interests.

Activities are designed to provide students with an opportunity to interact with their peers as well as the community around them. We realize our summer courses are academically challenging, and these activities are scheduled to help give students a study break.

Earlier this summer,  we took a group of students to Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox play the Chicago White Sox. We also offered regular trips to local grocery stores, welcomed ice cream trucks to Brandeis, and helped get students off campus and into the city.

This week we will host an ice cream social, movie night, and trivia game in order to help students take some time to relax during their finals. For more information on Summer activities, visit our website.

You can also always email us with questions: summerschool@brandeis.edu

Lastly, be sure to follow us on social media to receive all of the latest Summer School updates: Instagram; Twitter; Facebook.

Good luck with finals!

Explore Chinese Calligraphy and Suzuki this Summer!

Interested in awakening your creative side? Take a course in Chinese Calligraphy or Suzuki this Summer!

THA 130A – SUZUKI

The purpose of this course is to examine the training techniques of Japanese theater director Tadashi Suzuki. A major figure of the Postmodern Theatre revolution in Japan in the decades following World War II, Suzuki has created a unique, multi-faceted method for training actors that has been acclaimed by theater directors worldwide and has been adopted by training programs and theater companies across the United States.

Following Suzuki’s premise that “culture is the body”, students will be asked to examine their own
physical presence through a series of exercises developed by Suzuki and members of his acting company: developing breathing techniques for control and ease; developing the ‘total-body voice’; awakening the actor consciousness; and developing a heightened awareness of ensemble.

View the full Suzuki course syllabus here.

FA 178a – Seminar on Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice

This seminar examines the art and history of Chinese calligraphy. The goal is to introduce students of different Chinese-language levels (not limited to native-speakers) to canonical works of calligraphy as well as the enthusiasm and creativity these works have generated through the ages. From anonymous oracle bones and stone inscriptions to famed masterpieces, such as Wang Xizhi’s “Lanting Pavilion Preface,” and from original renderings to copies of others’ compositions, this course showcases the kaleidoscopic range that makes calligraphy a visuallinguistic art form beyond “words.” The multifaceted functions of stylized writing—such as for political, religious, and expressive purposes—will also be explored.

Students will also engage in hands-on study through copying and creating calligraphy. We will discuss and reflect on calligraphy aesthetics through the ages, and students will gain a better appreciation of art from concept to product.

View the full Calligraphy course syllabus here.

Session 2 Regular Registration Deadline is Friday, June 28!

Explore all of our summer course offerings and register today!

If you have questions you can always email us at summerschool@brandeis.edu.

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