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The following post is written by UHPer Elyssa Kaplan.
One of every Honors class’s favorite things of the semester is that one-day when the whole class meets up to attend an event and then eat food. “Professors on the Town,” as this field- trip is called allows for a class to experience some aspect of DC life that applies to the subject matter of the class, bridging “real life” with classical texts. This semester, Professor Vann’s Art and World Cultures’ class, studying the political power of art and architecture in the three major Abrahamic religions, metro-ed over to Capitol South to enjoy the Folger Theater’s production of Othello. For some, it was their first experience viewing professional theater, for others it was not even their first time at the Folger, but everyone left incredibly impressed with the production.
One of the best aspects of Professors on the Town is the class discussion of the event. How did each student interpret what he/she experienced or saw? How does the subject matter of the event relate to the subject matter of the class? Othello left our class with much to discuss. However, it was the acting of Ian Merrill Peakes as Iago, the modern comparison with the crusades, and the use of Islamic imagery that commanded our discussion. Continue reading
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