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Course Description

Evergreen seminars for Fall 2020 have expanded.  We are offering a dozen multi-part seminars throughout the semester on a wide-range of topics.  We're partnered with non-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth to offer them a chance to share their talents, programs, and knowledge with you.

EVS101-015 Assabet Valley Mastersingers:  An Introduction to Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”

  • Tuesdays, October 20, 27, and November 10, 6:00 to 7:15

EVS101-012 Boston Women’s Heritage Trail:  Road to the Vote: The Story of the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Boston

  • Wednesdays, October 14 to October 28, 1:00 to 2:30

EVS101-016 Douglas Brooks Boatbuilding:  Apprentice Learning:  Building Japanese Boat

  • Mondays, November 9 to November 23, 6:00 to 7:00

EVS101-014 Double Edge Theatre:  Art, Living Culture, and Art Justice

  • Mondays, November 2 to November 23, 2:00 to 3:00

EVS101-022 Jewish Arts Collaborative:  Not Just Klezmer:  New Trends in Jewish Music

  • November 4, 18, and December 2, 2:30 to 3:45

EVS101-020 The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.:  Immigrants as American Assets

  • Tuesdays, September 22, 29, and October 6, 2:00 to 3:00

EVS101-018 National Center for Afro-American Artists:  Perspectives on Emancipation in Boston Public Artworks

  • Thursdays, October 15 to October 29, 6:00 to 7:00

EVS101-019 National Center for Afro-American Artist:  Whose Square Is It Anyway?

  • Thursdays, November 5 to 19, 6:00 to 7:00

EVS101-011 New Repertory Theatre:  Page to Stage

  • Mondays, September 14, 21, October 5, 19, and 26, 6:00 to 7:00

EVS101-013 Provincetown Art Association and Museum:  Introduction to Relief Printmaking

  • Tuesdays, October 13 to October 27, 2:00 to 3:00

EVS101-017 Puppet Showplace Theater:  Microtheater:  Global Inspiration for At-home Performance

  • Wednesdays, October 14 to 28, 6:00 to 7:15

EVS101-021 Zoo New England:  Modern Practices in Zookeeping

  • Thursdays, October 8 to October 22, 1:00 to 2:00  

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Fall Seminars will be held remotely via Zoom.  Each seminar will have its own unique Zoom link.  

  • Register for the seminar(s) you wish to attend
  • The Zoom link will be active on the first day of the seminar to all enrolled students.  More information is available here  
  • Log in to Evergreen/CPE student account.  (We recommend you do this before the first class date.)
  • Go to My Enrollment History -> Click on the Seminar -> Link will show below in "View Online Resources" to join the seminar for each session

Notes

The Fall 2020 seminar series offers the Evergreen student the choice to pay for the seminars individually at $30 each at the time of registration or with a multi-pack for $150.  Registration is required to secure your seat in each seminar.

The individual seminars will be paid for at the time of enrollment.  If you are selecting the multi-pack, then 1) purchase the multi-pack, 2) enroll in the seminars, and 3) select Other Method and Evergreen at checkout.  After we confirm that you've purchased the multi-pack, we'll complete the enrollment process. 

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Section Title
New Rep Theatre: Page to Stage
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dates
Sep 21, 2020
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dates
Oct 05, 2020 to Nov 02, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
5.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Leila Ghaemi is Boston based Theatre Artist who specializes in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Teaching. This year at New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company, she directed Marisol by Jose Rivera, Clearing by Beth Hyland, and taught Introduction to Aesthetics and Dramatic Literature at Boston University’s School of Theatre, where she is finishing her Masters in Fine Arts in Theatre Education. Recent credits include directing The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood by Kira Rockwell.

 

Program:  Go even deeper into the world of the play with Page to Stage! Learn about aspects of the theatrical process, including story approach, the collaborative design process, character development between actor and director, incorporation of technical elements, and effectively connecting with audiences. Expand understanding of the artistry involved in each element of the creative process, leading up to a successful opening night.

 

Engaging with the Text:  How to approach the play’s story. Why stage this play now? We will focus on the historical, dramaturgical, and current context of the play. Is the play set in the present or past? Is the playwright dead or alive? Is this a new play or a revival?

 

Pre-Production: Creating the World of the Play:  Focusing on the collaborative design process, dig into different processes that connect design elements to the world of the play. Are there preferred techniques? How do we assemble the best team for each production? How do designers approach their process? This class we will be asked to be creative and think about the play as a designer.

 

Acting:  Consider the craft of acting. How do actors prepare, study and approach different roles? What do you look for in a performance? Students will once again have the chance to look at some scenes to help get a better understanding of an actor’s job.

 

Directing:  The rehearsal hall is a place of discovery. In this class we will talk about the role of the director and how he/she works to shape the production. How can we bring it all together for a cohesive vision that tells the story and engages audiences more deeply?

 

Critical Engagement:  What happens when we bring the audience into the discovery process? What is the role of the audience and what can we do to deepen their engagement with the text? How do you talk about theater critically? In this class we will focus on taking all of the information we’ve gathered over the previous 5 weeks and put it into perspective.

 

Section Title
ILC: Immigrants as American Assets
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Dates
Sep 22, 2020 to Oct 06, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Denzil Mohammed is an intercultural communications specialist who works to build understanding across boundaries utilizing a research- and asset-based approach. As director of the Public Education Institute at The Immigrant Learning Center, he manages specialized online education, a variety of local and national research initiatives, and collaborative public events that promote immigrants as economic and social assets to America. He serves on advisory boards for the MA New Americans Integration Institute, Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and the Corporate Communication MS program at Northeastern University, his alma mater. He is a frequent speaker on immigrant integration, demographics, entrepreneurship and education. 

Program:  The United States was uniquely populated and built by immigrants, and became the world’s biggest economy and cultural influencer due to this experiment. However, immigrants have continually been maligned and assigned blame for myriad social and economic issues throughout U.S. history. This program will dispel the myths about U.S. immigration today and outline the slew of executive and other immigration orders since 2017. It will show through research, data and stories how immigrants today are crucial assets to the local and national economy and how they enrich the cultural fabric of this unique country. Finally, it will demonstrate through tested strategies how participants can actively play a role in changing the immigration narrative.

Section Title
ZNE: Modern Practices in Zookeeping
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Dates
Oct 08, 2020 to Oct 22, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Educators from Zoo New England.


Program: Program is designed to introduce participants to Zoo New England, and how zookeeping has developed through the years.

Session 1: Zoo History: Participants will gain an understanding of Zoo New England and its mission to “protect and sustain the natural world for future generations”. As well as the history of zoos in America, the role zoos play in conservation and how those roles have changed throughout the years. They will also learn what the AZA is and its significance, as well as the difference between accredited and non-accredited zoos. Ending with an animal encounter relative to the topic.

Session 2: Animal Health. Participants will be presented with the steps taking to ensure the health and well-being of the animals within the care of Zoo New England. Learning the meaning of animal husbandry, the difference between training/enrichment verse conservation work. As well as different zoo career options. Ending with an animal encounter relative to the topic.

Session 3: Zoo New England Conservation Efforts: Participants will gain an understanding of local conservation projects/partnerships Zoo New England is a part of. Individuals will also learn three action steps they can partake in to make a positive effort towards conservation in their daily lives. Ending with an animal encounter relative to the topic.

Section Title
PAAM: Introduction to Relief Printmaking
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
2:00PM to 3:15PM
Dates
Oct 13, 2020 to Oct 27, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.8
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Kiah Coble is an Arts Educator, and the Curator of Adult Education for the Lillian Orlowsky William Freed Museum School at Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She is also the Lead Teacher in the Art on the Edge youth program and has worked as a teaching assistant in the Art Reach program. As an educator, Coble believes in supporting creativity and exploration. As an artist, she works primarily as a printmaker and writer. Coble holds an MEd in Counseling from Prescott College.

 

Program:  In this 3-part workshop series, students will be introduced to the basics of relief printmaking by carving their own linoleum block from the safety of their own home. Linoleum is the easiest way to delve into the world of printmaking. Start with a simple design to gain foundational knowledge before delving into a more complicated project to gain confidence and technique skills.  This workshop will be a balance of learning about block printing through history, demonstrations from the studio, and open work time.


Materials cost estimate $40.  Links to Blick are provided, but any art supplier can be used

  • Linoleum Start Kit:  https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-water-based-block-printing-starter-set/
  • Extra Blocks:  https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-speedy-carve-blocks/
  • Paper:  https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-printmaster-paper-pads-for-block-printing/
  • Large, non-porous surface that can be used to spread ink, such as a plate of plexiglass (large baking sheet trays will work!)
  • Fresh black Sharpie
  • Large metal spoon
  • Spatula or palette knife

 

Section Title
BWHT: Road to the Vote - The Story of the Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Boston
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Dates
Oct 14, 2020 to Oct 28, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
4.5
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Mary Howland Smoyer has been an active leader of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) since it was founded in 1989 to research, document, and celebrate Boston women’s history. She recently co- designed a walking trail and brochure: Road to the Vote: The Boston Women’s Suffrage Trail. Mary is a retired Boston Public School teacher and librarian.

 

Program:  In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, learn about the various roles of Boston women in the fight for women’s right to vote. Walk virtually through Boston to see where the suffragists lived, worked, protested, and were arrested as well as where they are honored in public art. Hear their names and stories: Jennie Loitman Barron, Florence Luscomb, Mary Kenney O’Sullivan, Lucy Stone, Josephine St Pierre Ruffin, and others. Honor their dedication and their victory!

Section Title
PST: Microtheater - Global Inspiration for At-Home Performance
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
6:00PM to 7:15PM
Dates
Oct 14, 2020 to Oct 28, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.8
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Sarah Nolen is a puppeteer and filmmaker originally from Austin, Texas. Known nationally for her versatile, witty, and innovative work across multiple puppetry styles, she has created three full-length solo shows and dozens of irreverent "puppet slam" performances for adults. In 2017, Sarah became the resident artist at Puppet Showplace Theater, New England’s historic puppetry center. There, she performs regularly for audiences of all ages and teaches puppetry in camps, workshops, residencies, and professional trainings. Sarah earned her BFA in film from Southern Methodist University, and an MFA in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. Learn more about her world travels, her past and current projects, and her professional services as a designer, builder, filmmaker, and puppeteer at www.sarahnolen.com

Program:  Puppet Showplace Theater welcomes you to join professional puppeteer and filmmaker Sarah Nolen for an inspiring introduction to “Microtheater,” a wildly creative miniature performance genre that can be safely practiced from the comfort of your home. We’ll start with a survey of global practices and technologies, connecting styles as varied as Victorian Toy Theater with the contemporary Brazilian Teatro Lambe Lambe. Participants will learn the basics of visual dramaturgy, discovering how to draw inspiration from found objects, recycled containers, and other at-home materials. Sarah will perform and discuss her own acclaimed microtheater production, built under quarantine conditions and performed online for a global audience. Finally, we’ll explore how to visualize, prototype, rehearse, and refine potential stories, characters, and scenery, with tips on how to share work online. No previous experience is necessary! A great class for practitioners of all levels, from novices to artists looking to try something new.

Section Title
NCAAA: Perspectives on Emancipation in Boston Public Artworks
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dates
Oct 15, 2020 to Oct 29, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Edmund Barry Gaither is Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) and its Museum Division, as well as Special Consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. He has curated many local, national and international exhibitions, including eleven exhibitions for the MFA.  He has traveled and lectured extensively, and is the author of many essays and articles including essays for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, The Tate Gallery, London, 2017, Fragments: The Art of Bryan McFarlane, The Olympia Art Center, Kingston, Jamaica, 2018, and Black: The Art of Tyrone Geter, Florence County Museum, 2016. A panelist at Harvard University’s symposium Black Portraiture IV, he spoke on the impact of the AfriCobra Movement. Noteworthy exhibitions curated by Gaither include The Bicycle Series: Bryan McFarlane, The Sunshine International Contemporary Museum, Beijing, China, 2010, and BLACK: The Art of Tyrone Geter, 701 CCA, Columbia, SC, 2016. In the public art arena, he co-chaired the art committee for MLK,Jr.Boston, the  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial project for Boston (2017-19).

Program:  An exploration of shifting views on the emancipation of enslaved black Americans as expressed through public monuments in Boston, with particular focus on The Emancipation by Thomas Ball, Step on Board by Fern Cunningham, Monument to the Massachusetts 54th by Augustus St. Gaudens and Spirit of Emancipation by Meta Warrick Fuller.  From 1876 to the present, how has public understanding of the ways in which black people participated in their own emancipation shifted? And why?

Participants will leave knowing a great deal more about how to read anew familiar monuments right here in the City that we all share and love. In the process, they will gain critical tools for visual literacy, that is, for deconstructing artworks at the center of public discussion.

Section Title
AVM: An Introduction to Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace”
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
6:00PM to 7:15PM
Dates
Oct 20, 2020 to Oct 27, 2020
Type
Online
Days
T
Time
6:00PM to 7:15PM
Dates
Nov 10, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.8
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Dr. Robert Eaton has a Masters degree and DMA from Hartt College of Music. He taught Choral Music at Algonquin Regional High School , Northborough, Ma for over 30 years and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers, now in its 41st year.  Dr. Eaton has held leadership positions at the state, division and national levels of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

 

Program:  Assabet Valley Mastersingers is a regional chorus with performances in central Massachusetts. 

“Carmina Burana” is popular and well known to the public not only for its exciting concert performances but also for its musical associations with commercial advertising.  Vocalists especially enjoy performing this exuberant and rhythmic work.  The work is one of extreme contrasts as the poem, a 13th. C  manuscript found in a Benedictine abbey, is certainly not what one would expect with its irreverent and at times sexually explicit text.  During the first two sessions we look closely at the text and it’s relationship to Orff’s musical presentation.

The third session will look at the multicultural aspects of Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: Mass for Peace.” In The Armed Man Jenkins has fashioned a work that uses the ancient mass structure to communicate a powerful message for world peace.  To this end, the composition uses lyrics from classic poets, Biblical verses, and traditional mass, as well as from Muslim, Hindu, and Japanese sources. The focus will be on the connections between text and music.

Section Title
Double Edge Theatre: Art, Living, Culture & Art Justice
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Nov 02, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
4.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenters:  Members of the Double Edge Ensemble will lead each session. Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Klein, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic, and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the Ensemble’s extensive international touring and community spectacles, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and sustainable farming initiatives. DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and 5 outdoor performance areas, as well as an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident artists and DE’s Artist Studio, giving primacy to African American and Latinx artists; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and storage for sets, costumes, and props.

 

Program:  Double Edge Theatre will offer four sessions outlining our history, practice, and ethos as exemplified though our integrated vision of Art, Living Culture, and Art Justice.

Section Title
JAC: Not Just Klezmer - New Trends in Jewish Music
Type
Online
Days
W
Time
2:30PM to 3:45PM
Dates
Nov 04, 2020 to Nov 18, 2020
Type
Lecture
Days
W
Time
2:30PM to 3:45PM
Dates
Dec 02, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.8
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Joey Baron is the Artistic Director of the Jewish Arts Collaborative and the former Founder/Director of the Boston Jewish Music Festival.

Program:  There are exciting new sounds being created in the world of Jewish music today. You can hear it in all types of music – pop, klezmer, jazz, religious, and more. We’ll be listening/YouTubing to a variety of selections from this new music as well as explore the traditional roots from which it sprang. No musical talent or knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish required. Just a willingness to listen to something new.  The three sessions will cover American Popular Music, New Sounds from Israel and Elsewhere, Next Generation Klezmer.

Section Title
NCAAA: Whose Square Is It Anyway?
Type
Online
Days
Th
Time
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dates
Nov 05, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Edmund Barry Gaither is Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) and its Museum Division, as well as Special Consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. He has curated many local, national and international exhibitions, including eleven exhibitions for the MFA.  He has traveled and lectured extensively, and is the author of many essays and articles including essays for Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, The Tate Gallery, London, 2017, Fragments: The Art of Bryan McFarlane, The Olympia Art Center, Kingston, Jamaica, 2018, and Black: The Art of Tyrone Geter, Florence County Museum, 2016. A panelist at Harvard University’s symposium Black Portraiture IV, he spoke on the impact of the AfriCobra Movement. Noteworthy exhibitions curated by Gaither include The Bicycle Series: Bryan McFarlane, The Sunshine International Contemporary Museum, Beijing, China, 2010, and BLACK: The Art of Tyrone Geter, 701 CCA, Columbia, SC, 2016. In the public art arena, he co-chaired the art committee for MLK,Jr.Boston, the  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial project for Boston (2017-19).

 

Program:  This year, Boston renamed Dudley Square to Nubian Square in response to a very vocal cry for change in this once leading business hub of the City. For many years, Dudley Square called to mind busy stores and the squeaking Orange Line, but now it will evoke the ancient past of Nubia revitalized as part of black symbolic heritage. What does the change mean? What was ancient Nubia? And how are these interrelated? What really in a name?

Participants will learn about ancient Nubia and its place in history, and they will discover how Nubia has lived in the imagination of black people in the Americas. Additionally, they will explore the unique gifts of ancient Nubia held in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

 

Section Title
DBB: Apprentice Learning - Building the Japanese Boat
Type
Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 7:00PM
Dates
Nov 09, 2020 to Nov 23, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Presenter: Douglas Brooks is a boatbuilder, writer, and researcher specializing in traditional wooden boats. Since 1996 he has been documenting traditional Japanese boatbuilding. He has apprenticed with nine boatbuilders from throughout Japan. He is the sole apprentice for seven of his teachers. His work has been honored by the Japanese Ministry of Culture and he was awarded the 2014 Rare Craft Fellowship from the American Craft Council. He has authored five books on Japanese boatbuilding and numerous articles published in the US, UK, and Japan. He has taught and lectured across the United States and Japan. His latest book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, is the first comprehensive survey of the craft. He lives in Vergennes, Vermont.

Program:  In this course the instructor will share his experiences with traditional crafts drawn from twenty-five trips to Japan since 1990. Brooks’ research in Japan focuses on the techniques and design secrets of the traditional boatbuilding.  These techniques have been passed from master to apprentice with almost no written record. Like many traditional crafts in Japan boatbuilding is in crisis: all the practitioners are elderly and almost none have taught apprentices.      

Brooks will also talk about the nature of craft education in Japan; an ethic that is largely at odds with our notions of teaching in the West.  The apprentice system produced craftspeople with incomparable skills, yet it required an intense devotion and seriousness from participants.  Brooks has experienced first-hand what it is like to learn when the apprentice is forbidden from speaking.  At the core of this process is the belief that one learns by observation and perseverance. He will also explore the links between this type of craft training and Zen Buddhist instruction.

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