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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Winter 2015


Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy

3 credits

Meeting times: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Location: Gerberding 100 (Center for Teaching & Learning)

Time Schedule

Want to make positive change in classroom and institutional climate so that all of our students thrive? Interested in cultivating valuable practical skills-- interactive teaching and learning, collaboration, leadership-- that are applicable across all disciplines and careers? 

As educators and scholars, we all have the responsibility to create learning environments that promote student success. In this cross-disciplinary course, graduate students will learn to use the language and practice of theater to challenge institutional oppression, advance community dialogue and collective problem-solving, and promote inclusive educational environments in classroom, institutional, and community contexts.

Graduate students from all disciplines and UW campuses are welcome. Students are not required to have previous theater or social action experience, but do need to be open to the process.  The course culminates in a student-organized, public interactive theater performance and dialogue workshop.

Instructors Theresa Ronquillo (Center for Teaching & Learning) and Tikka Sears (Memory War Theater) co-direct the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (ITPP).

Questions about the course?  Email


Co-Sponsored by the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship, a partnership of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and The Graduate School, and the Center for Teaching & Learning.


HUM 595C

Designing Culture and Teaching with Technology in a Digital Age: A Microseminar with Anne Balsamo

1 credit (C/NC)

Instructor: Kathleen Woodward (English and Simpson Center)

Time Schedule

Meeting Dates:

All sessions will be held in Communications 202 unless otherwise noted. 

  • Fri, Feb 20: 9:00-10:30 am
  • Fri, Feb 27: 9:00-10:30 am 
  • Wed, Mar 4: 7:00-8:30 pm (Lecture by Anne Balsamo, Kane Hall 210)
  • Fri, Mar 5: 9:00-10:30 am (Colloquium with Anne Balsamo)
  • Fri, Mar 13: 9:00-10:30 am  

This microseminar is designed to frame the March 2015 visit of media studies scholar, designer, and producer of digital publics Anne Balsamo to the UW as a Katz Distinguished Lecturer. Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York, Balsamo is the author of Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke UP, 2011). Drawing on feminist epistemology and new media theory and focusing on design and innovation, Balsamo insists that technology and culture are not separate from each other, arguing that we need to think in terms of technoculture and recognize the gendered dimension of the technological imagination. Designing Culture is accompanied by a website and DVD.

In 2013, Balsamo, with Alex Juhasz, co-founded FemTechNet, an online educational resource created by a collective network of scholars, artists, and activists across North America working at the intersections of technology and feminism; FemTechNet has been described by Inside Higher Ed as “the Feminist Anti-MOOC.” One of the founding members of HASTAC, Balsamo has received grants from Microsoft Research and NEH to develop interactive media projects, among them an inspiring digital complement to the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Balsamo was Associate Director of the Stanford Humanities Lab and has worked at celebrated Xerox PARC. She is also the author of Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (Duke UP, 1996). 

We will discuss excerpts from Designing Culture and learn about the ambitious work of FemTechNet, which is animated by principles of feminist pedagogy. We will also read about emerging genres in scholarly communication as well as work by Tara McPherson, coeditor of the online journal Vectors, and an interview with media artist Sharon Daniel who produces participatory i-documentaries that engage issues of social justice.


Co-Sponsored by the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship, a partnership of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, The Graduate School, and the Simpson Center.