Peace to the Poets: Using Spoken Word and Music to Change the World and Yourself

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Peace to the Poets

Spring 2019

Taught By: Jeremy Varon

Section: AX

CRN: 5314

Credits: 4

Word to all poets, MCs, musicians, dreamers, troublemakers, insurrectionists, and prophets: This class is for you! Music, poetry, and other forms of spoken word are often integral — and especially beloved — parts of protest movements, which educate and move people in special ways. The also help us to heal, grow, speak our truth, and build community This class partners with top flight spoken word and Hip Hop artists — the Peace Poets from the Bronx, involved with contemporary social justice struggles like #BlackLivesMatter — to offer an intense and joyful semester-long workshop to create and perform our own songs and poetry. The class will feature close study of protest music and poetry from an historical and aesthetic standpoint. Readings will include histories of protest music, profiles of individual artists and literature on social movements and art. Our explorations will take us into the worlds of Hip Hop, punk, spoken word, and folk music. Much of the class will be a hands-on workshop, guided by the Peace Poets, in creating and performing our own works on such themes as War, Race and Racism, and Freedom. The course culminates in a showcase at an important cultural space in the city. All are welcome, but it is ideal for students with some facility with music and spoken word and a passion for justice.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:56am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1106

Date Range: 1/25/2019 - 5/10/2019