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A wild, original musical take on Alice through the Caltech universe

Alice is bored.
She's a new grad genius in spintronics and marionetting on a tour of Tellkech, until WB, a manic Phd candidate, drags her down a wormhole to the underbelly of the campus. Logic and reality lose ground as she gets caught in the battle between the Queen of Funding and the Dark Prince of Future Science. Dead scientists, time loops, the Cheshire Chimp and Tweedle Y & Z... Will she ever get out, or will she decide to stay?

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The Caltech Women's Club discusses "Alice" February 19, Avery Library, 11:45am
During the Caltech Women's Club program on Thursday, February 19 the playwright Brenda Varda; director Brian Brophy; actor Holly Bender (Alice); and other members of the cast will present an overview of the play, discussion of women in science, the challenges of competing attention for arts and science, and much more. Add in the buffet luncheon and s not quite the Mad Hatters tea party but it will be a delightful event. Lunch begins at 11:45 am with a buffet of salad choices, rolls, cookies and soft drinks or water. Coffee will also be available. Please RSVP at the CWC website.


Global Narratives
Srinivas Reddy IITGn
Brian Brophy Caltech
Tuesday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PST / Wednesdays 8:30AM -10:00 AM IST
First Class: January 6/7, 2015
Final Class: March 10/11, 2015
Location: 275 South Hill--Tacit House

This class addresses the growing need for international exchanges around culture and the aesthetic dimensions of intercultural engagement. With a focus on storytelling and performance techniques, writing and examination/analysis of text-based sources, including films and text/global media-based literature, within a global framework, the class complements and expands current Science/Humanities/Social Science communication modules and classes.

This class calls upon the student to investigate his/her own viewpoints, assumptions, convictions in regard to themselves and the world around them and giving voice to them in the safeguard of the classroom through guided instruction from the professors. From initial or exploratory individual narratives, the
class focuses on formal analysis of various global texts from the Greeks, to India, Shakespeare, including Eastern and African traditions of performance and storytelling.

This class is designed to contextualize the personal narratives of students in a pro-active search for an authentic voice mediated by the ancient ground of global narratives.

Students will write several stories and perform them with their classmates over the ten-week class. At the end of term (March 10/11) students will select the most relevant/engaging narrative and present them back for a final fully produced Ted talk-performance.

January 6/7 Introductory class with IITGn and Caltech

1. Personal credo
Begin reading Campbell’s
Hero With A Thousand
Faces pp 1-42 http://

January 13/14
Performance Workshop and discussion of the Monomyth from Campbell and Hero’s Journey
Personal Credo Due
2. Hero Story

Read Oedipus Rex
Watch excerpts from various
film versions of Oedipus

January 20/21
Hero Story Due
Discuss Oedipus
Read excerpts from Hamlet and watch the film Haider.

January 27/28
Myths/Epics of India - Puranas, Ramayana
3. Personal Story
Read excerpts from Ramayana
Watch Star Wars

February 3/4
Multiple Ramayanas - Balinese Shadow Puppets/Telugu Harikatha
Personal Story Due
Watch Sita Sings the Blues

February 10/11
Africa - Colonialism and Tradition. Storytelling in Nigeria, and contemporary practice in Mozambique
4. Research Story
Read Things Fall Apart

February 17/18
Attend Alice Through the Wormhole Dress
Rehearsal Skype--class
Research Story Due
Read excerpts from Alice in Wonderland and Lookinglass by Lewis Carroll.

February 24/25
Japan, China and Vietnam: Ghosts, heroes and the eternal hope of justice
5. Global Story
Read excerpts from Tso Chuan, annals of Confucius, Xieu, Noh-Kabuki and Butoh texts

March 3/4
Final review of material and Final Exams
Rehearse final presentations
[No Class - Upload Video Projects]

March 10/11
Final presentations of stories…
5. Review/Best Project Awards

Stories include:
1) Credo: What do you believe? (2 double-spaced pages)
2) A hero story based on an adaptation of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth archetype.
3) A personal story that builds on self-introspection and development of your character.
4) A story about your current academic passions/scientific research
5) A story in response to global literature and how it figures into the metaphorical nature of being.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Harper Collins (1993)
Richman, Paula, ed. Many Rāmāyaṇas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia. Oxford
University Press (1997).
Chatman, Seymour Benjamin. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. Cornell
University Press (1978).

Star Wars
Sita Sings the Blues http://sitasingstheblues.com/watch.html






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