Th200 Stand-Up Comedy Writing and Performance, taught by Cesar Cervantes. Block 5-8, 5:00-6:30pm , Adjunct class.

This course is designed primarily to teach the tools of humor writing for live stand-up performance. Students will deconstruct the performances of stand-up comedians, learn the foundations from which modern comedy stems and work to develop their own voice. The course will culminate in a live stand-up performance showcasing student’s original work.

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In this age of Big Data, data management skills aren’t just a competitive advantage anymore – they’re a requirement for many entry-level jobs. Learn new ways to work with data with Jennifer Golightly in her non-credit Half Block class Digital Tools for the Liberal Arts! From data modeling to visualization to social network analysis, this class is a great opportunity to spend your Winter Break making yourself a more competitive candidate for jobs and research opportunities. Class dates: January 8-12, 2018. Sign up via Summit Student Life.

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An introduction to Street Dance History and Hip-hop Culture and taught by a renowned choreographer, dancer and street dance historian Rennie Harris. A pioneer in Hip-hop and street dance, Rennie is noted for bringing these dance styles to the concert stage. The course covers the geographic history of prominent East and West Coast street dance styles otherwise known as Hip-hop. Students will also discuss Street and Hip-hop paradigm shifts and will leave with a fundamental knowledge rooted in a theoretical structure that springs from the African Diaspora. With an emphasis placed on the social, political and economic environment in which it was fashioned, we will identify Hip-Hop’s pioneers and innovators and define the terminology and codification of West and East Street dance styles. Dr. Harris will teach the class using a traditional African pedagogical method-story telling to contextualize particular movement vocabulary and aesthetics of Street dance and its history. Questions? Email

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Apply to attend a “Making Comics” workshop with Graphic Artist Lynda Barry


Cornerstone Arts Week is very happy to offer students a rare opportunity to attend one of Lynda Barry’s famed creativity workshops. A limited number of CC students will be accepted on a competitive basis to participate in a hands-on workshop titled Drawing Words and Speaking Pictures: This Mysterious Thing We Call Comics, to be held on Friday, February 2 at 1 p.m.

Workshop description:

Lynda Barry leads a lively drawing jam for anyone who is interested in making comics. You don’t need any artistic ability to be part of this class, but you must be willing to draw bravely. We’ll be learning fast drawing techniques that anyone can do to create instant characters, story lines, and the spook-house kind of excitement that comes about when people who don’t know each other get together in a single room and suddenly have to start making pictures together.

Lynda Barry bio:

Creator of the comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Lynda Barry is widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic, and emotional range of American comics. She has published over twenty books, including Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book, What It Is, and The Good Times Are Killing Me, which was adapted into an off-Broadway play.

************To apply for the workshop: applications available at the Worner Desk; email your answers to the Application Questions below to Jane Hilberry ( by the last day of Block 4. ************

Do not apply unless you are free and can commit to attending on Friday February 2 from 1-3 p.m.

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Auditions for the musical “The Light in the Piazza”, by Adam Guettel, will be held Friday December 15, from 4-5pm in Packard Hall. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a music theatre piece, preferably a ballad, or any song with piano accompaniment that demonstrates your abilities.

Sign up for a time on the door of Packard 105. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday December 16, from 10-12 in Packard Hall. All roles are available. Students abroad or with a conflict may audition via Skype by request or by appointment.

A CC Music Dept Production. Performance dates are April 13, 14, and 15, 2018

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What Would a Great CC Classroom for All look like? The Crown Faculty Center, The Butler Center, and the NEH Professorship invite interested students to apply to a Spring 2018 Teaching & Learning Circle: “Good to Great in the CC Classroom.” Inspiration for this Circle comes from The Butler Center’s Good to Great programs, collaborative learning communities elsewhere, and feedback that faculty and students would like support to move from awareness of classroom issues to actively addressing these classroom issues.
We propose that a group of faculty, staff, and students study this question over the spring of 2018, determining whether and how to move forward, and if in agreement, establishing the curriculum for the inaugural “Good to Great in the CC Classroom” program to deeply explore the classroom teaching environment, on the Block Plan.
To that end, we seek about 16 faculty, staff, and students to commit to this Teaching & Learning Circle. Participants would agree to attend all (or most) of the following events: MLK Jr Day programming on January 15, 2018; extended discussion and goal-setting, January 16, 2018; blockly working group of ~2 hours each block, at time set by participants; the Early Summer Faculty Retreat (May 23-25, 2018).
If you would like to participate in this Teaching & Learning Circle, please complete a short application here: While we may be unable to invite all interested campus members into the first Circle, there will be many opportunities to participate this year and in the future.

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Informational session for the Himalayan Odyssey (summer block A) will be held this Thursday December 14 12:00 noon to 1:00pm in the Environmental Program conference room (ERC) located just off the atrium on the ground floor of the Tutt Science Building (Tutt Science 124). Pizza will be served. Please RSVP to Miro Kummel ( if you are planning to come, so I know how much pizza to order.

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