This blog will serve as our centralized discussion. Each week, you will post a blog entry following the prompts provided. You are welcomed to include other themes and/or thoughts beyond the prompt that are important and relevant to you. Each student will also comment on at least two other blog entries. Please create a meaningful title for each entry and remember to categorize it under the assigned week, ie: WEEK ONE, WEEK TWO, etc…. These entries will later inform the creation of your digital stories. Remember that you should always take your notebook to class/rehearsals to jot down any impressions, reflections, and ideas. Those will be valuable private notes to inform your blog entries and also to record any personal reflections that you might not be ready to share publicly but that are important for you to document for your own process.
WEEK ONE: Post a blog entry reflecting on the first class with MK Abadoo and VCU students. Discuss the class agreements that were generated and your experience of the movement exercises. Consider the following questions: What characterizes MK’s teaching approach? What kind of class culture is being cultivated? What values are embodied in the pedagogical approach and classroom experience? What resonated with you? What was challenging? What do you expect from this experience? What question(s) came up for you for further consideration?
WEEK TWO: Questions to consider for the Gabriel Week event: How is the event conceived and organized? Who is present, both participating and in attendance? How are the African Burial Ground and the unmarked former Richmond City Gallows activated through this event? How is dance/music/theater activated as community organizing (following the definition that MK offered of community organizing as bringing people together for a common purpose)? How do commemoration, performance, and ritual intersect in this event? What was of particular interest to you? What surprised you? What was challenging for you? What did you learn? What new questions came up for you?
WEEK THREE: Questions to consider as you reflect on the exhibit “Determined.” What was particularly interesting to you? What surprised you? What did you learn? What do you think was missing from the exhibit and why do you think it would have been important to include it? How does this exhibit help you think about who gets to tell their stories and how they get tell them? Often, people refer to the term African American history, at the same time there are scholars who invite us to think about this as American history. Why might that distinction be important? What might be gained or lost in thinking about it in that way? What new questions did the exhibit and/or your conversation with Free Egunfemi bring up for you? Reminder: Do reference any of the readings and/or discussions from this course and any other relevant resources in your reflection.