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JAN 180: Rebel Artists in the Rebel City: A Sister City Exchange Between Cork and Bay Area Artists
Cork, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Galway, Ireland; Skibbereen, Ireland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2019 12/31/2017 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:
Rebel Artists in the Rebel City: A Sister City Exchange Between Cork and Bay Area Artists

Course Description:
A moment can be the great turning point of a life.  For Mary Harris Jones, it was the loss of her husband and four children to yellow fever and later the loss of her home, shop, and possessions in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  With nothing left to lose, she joined a labor movement, eventually organizing strikes across the United States.  You might know her words: 
“I'm not a humanitarian, I'm a hell-raiser.”
“I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please. “
Or,
“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” 

You might also know her by the name, Mother Jones.  Though her movement building work was in the United States, she was born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland.  She was born a rebel in the “Rebel City”. What can we as American artists, musicians, dancers, and writers learn from Cork, the “Rebel City”?  What can we learn about arts as resistance?    

In this travel course, you, too, will cultivate fearless truth-telling within the vibrant arts community of Cork City in Ireland. There is a longtime municipal partnership and transatlantic connections between the San Francisco Bay Area and Cork, one supported by the embassies of the United States and Ireland.  You will be an important part of the Sister Cities Program.

In this class, you will engage in four weeks of writing workshops and digital storytelling workshops; a two-week book binding workshop; and independent classes in your preferred art form (art, music, dance, writing).  You will learn about the history of the Rebel City through walking tours; a visit to the Cork City Hall and the Lord Mayor’s office; excursions to places like Blarney Castle, University College Cork, the Glucksman Gallery, the Cork Planetarium, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the English Market, Merchants Quay Centre, the Independence Museum, Cork School of Music, Crawford College of Art and Design, Firkin Crane Center (dance).  You will be immersed in the arts community through attendance at 2 open mics/dance exhibitions/music shows/or art gallery showings per week.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to do one independent overnight in groups to interview arts activists in a different region of Ireland on their work and how they create art as resistance.  Finally, you yourself will work in small teams to plan, curate, and implement a small showing of art that you have created in Cork and in the Bay Area community.  Your final project should have the intent of agitating towards transformation in the spirit of resistance and rebellion.  

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
Permission of Instructor + Eng 5 (or transfer equivalent) is required; Completion of at least one upper division course in communication, politics, economics, art, digital communications, music, literary writing, sociology, ethnic studies, or women and gender studies recommended.
Additional requirements:  All students considering this course must share with the instructors a sample of their artistic work before enrolling in the class (Visual arts: 5 slides; Music:  recording up to 5 minutes; Literary arts:  5 pages of poetry or up to 15 pages of prose; Dance:  up to 5 minutes of video).

Reading List:
BBC’s documentary, The Story of Ireland
Course Reader:
excerpts from The Autobiography of Mother Jones, Mary Harris Jones, Mary Field Parton, and Clarence Darrow
excerpts from The Speeches and Writings of Mother Jones, Mary Harris Jones, Edward M. Steel
excerpts from Tell It Slant, Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola
excerpts from contemporary Irish poets, Paul Casey, Billy Ramsell, Leanne O’Sullivan, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Mary Dorcey

Basis for Final Grade:
20% Project Proposal for Arts as Resistance events in Cork and in the Bay Area
10% Reading Rites/Resistance Rites
20% Participation and Group Discussions
20% Blog Entries
10% Book Production Reflection
20% Digital Story