Rap and Poetry in the Classroom: Creative Performance as Classroom Engagement

When: October 15, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE)

Presenter(s): D’Weston Haywood (History); Alyson Greenfield (English); Stefania Porcelli (Romance Languages); Victoria Tomasulo and Marzena Rammairone (Hunter College Students); Jennifer Gillespie Rhodes (Italian, Columbia University)

In this lunchtime seminar, presenters will describe and illustrate a variety of classroom activities they have used as alternatives to written papers and other typical research and scholarly work. First, D’Weston Haywood (History) will introduce the pedagogical rationale and some recent work on using sound and listening-based activities in classrooms. Then, he will provide examples of assignments in which students rapped and performed other spoken word summaries of their final class projects. Next, Alyson Greenfield (English) will present her embodied teaching activities in which students perform spoken word poetry slams and movement exercises. Finally, Stefania Porcelli (Romance Languages) will present examples from Italian courses in which students wrote and performed their own original poetry. In additional to faculty presenting, a number of Hunter students will also discuss their experiences presenting these creative projects.

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