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Performance- Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In conjunction with the performance the students of DRAMA/SPCOM 440 will create a series of collaborative installations in the Theatre of the Arts Gallery between March 14 -19.  Students will provide creative reflections on the prevalence of gender-based violence within contemporary North American society. These installations will feature multi-disciplinary art works that critically examine how the rhetoric of rape culture is supported and circulated throughout institutions, social interactions and popular channels of communication. The students of DRAMA/SPCOM 440 hope to offer new and interactive avenues in to the complex discussion on gender based violence and rape culture to help us further these conversations in our everyday lives.

Another part of the Arresting Rape Culture project is a web site.  The objective of the Arresting Rape Culture Dramatury Hub is to provide students and faculty with pedagogical, curricular, and theatre and performance creation resources in order to facilitate a deeper contextual understanding about the complexities of rape culture. Hosting an expanding Learning Exchange Space, the site offers a communication and research base comprising support networks, a range of media from the fifteenth-century to contemporary popular culture; critical resources and related reading; theatre, performance, and art project information; a dialogical space with students’ responses, classroom activities, and question centre; and information about collaborative course-related projects, the panel discussion about gendered violence, and the multimedia performance of “Unconscious Curriculum: Rape Culture on Campus.”  

Read the IMPRINT article Hidden Curriculum or Unconscious Curriculum?

On March 23rd at 3:30 p.m. the Department of Drama and Speech Communication will hold a panel entitled Gendered Violence on Campus: Institutional Policy and Practice. This panel is hosted in collaboration with the UWaterloo Equity Office, and the Special Adviser to the President—Women’s and Gender Issues.  The panel will address gendered violence, with specific attention to institutional challenges and UWaterloo’s response.

Confirmed panelists include Constance Backhouse, Professor and Holder of the University Research Chair on the Sexual Assault Legislation in Canada, University of Ottawa; Ian Orchard, Vice President Academic and Provost, UW; and Chris Read, Associate Provost, Students, UW. Further panelists, including UW students and others who play a role as related to Policy 42, will be announced at a later date. The panel discussion will provide the opportunity for Q&A and will be followed by a reception.