Campus Courses


Campus Courses

Current Courses

Spring 2024
A studio class investigating many modes of movement that bring us together across linguistic, cultural, generational, and national borders. We explore the concept of the body as a culture-bearer and its movement as a mode of connection with the otherwise "other." We study techniques to foster empathy and understanding as well as develop our own. This is an excellent complimentary course to studies in peace, restorative justice, international politics, and cross cultural relations.
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Time: Monday 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Taught by Professor Emma Jaster, Associate Director of the Lab

This course will explore the changing relationship between different kinds of "hard power" (coercion by military or economic might) - and the power of arts and culture to shape identity, to unite, inspire and lead, to prevent and recover from conflict, and to counter extremism and authoritarianism. As the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and citizen journalism upend traditional power structures, cultural diplomacy and “soft power” play increasingly important roles in diplomacy and foreign policy.
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Time: Monday 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Taught by Professor Cynthia Schneider, Co-Director of The Lab

This course offers a critical exploration of practices, theories, and examples of comedy across a wide variety of forms and genres - with a particular emphasis on political comedy as it manifests in a range of cultural contexts. We will explore the psychological, philosophical, political, cross-cultural and performative/aesthetic roots of comedy, investigating why and how we laugh, as well as the deep roots of our varied forms of laughter.
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Time: Monday 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Taught by Professor Derek Goldman, Artistic and Executive Director/ Co-founder of The Lab

Outside of White-Gravenor Hall sits an iconic statue honoring Holocaust witness, Polish World War II hero, spy, and Georgetown professor Jan Karski. This course explores Karski’s story and its resonance today by centering on Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, an original theatrical production by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. Starting with the performance, this class explores how arts and witnessing can change the way we see the world. Students will meet artists from the Remember This team and attend optional field trips off campus.
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Time: Wednesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Taught by Professor Ijeoma Njaka, Senior Learning Designer for
Transformational and Inclusive Initiatives at The Lab

Past Courses

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