Bearing Witness: The Legacy of Jan Karski Today
Holocaust witness, Polish World War II hero, spy and diplomat: Jan Karski is one of the most influential and legendary Professors ever to teach at Georgetown University. This course explores Karski’s story and its contemporary resonance, centering around the filmed version of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, a celebrated original theatrical production created by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown and starring Oscar-Nominated actor David Strathairn, who will participate as a guest in the course.
Taught by Professor Ijeoma Njaka, Senior Learning Designer for
Transformational and Inclusive Initiatives at The Lab
Global performance & Politics TPST 2036
At a time when the world faces myriad challenges ranging from polarization to climate crisis to violent conflict and forced migration, artists and change-makers across the globe are finding innovative ways to humanize global politics through performance. This course offers students a chance to engage firsthand with artistic practices, projects, and methods –as well as with a diverse range of cutting-edge artists from around the world who are finding resilient and transformative models for how performance can operate as a humanizing force in the realm of politics and world affairs.
Taught by Professor Derek Goldman, Artistic and Executive Director/ Co-founder of The Lab.
Public & Cultural Diplomacy DIAF 5070
Public diplomacy is an instrument used by states and non-state actors to
understand others’ cultures, attitudes, and behavior; build and manage
relationships; and influence thoughts and actions to advance their interests and values. Drawing on the experiences of diplomats and a growing body of literature, we will explore what this means for the changing actors, issues, methods, and environments of diplomacy in the 21st century.
Taught Cynthia Schneider, Co-founding Director of The Lab
Performance and Narration of Pandemic (3 Credits)
This interdisciplinary course employs techniques of devised performance to engage narratives from various pandemics, including both the COVID pandemic and the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, as a catalyst and developmental research process for a new performance collaboration between Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, the School of Health, Global Health Institute, and DC’s Mosaic Theater Company.
Time: Tuesday 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Instructor: Derek Goldman
Dialogue and Difference: Performing One Another
In Your Shoes: Dialogue and Facilitation in Our Campus Community (2 credits)
How might the Georgetown campus or experience change when we engage across silos and divides? This course will focus on facilitating the IYS experience between students, faculty, and staff on our campus.
Time: Friday 12 PM – 3PM, February 24 – April 28, 2023
Instructor: Ijeoma Njaka and Ryann Craig
TPST/DANC 210: Empathy & Embodiment (3 Credits)
In this studio class we will investigate the many modes of movement that bring us together as humans 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.” Students will learn to use empathy as a tool in everything from psychology to diplomacy. .
Time: Wednesday 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Instructor: Emma Jaster