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The Open Mic Night: Campus Programs that Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (Hardback)
  • The Open Mic Night: Campus Programs that Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (Hardback)

The Open Mic Night: Campus Programs that Champion College Student Voice and Engagement (Hardback)

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Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 30/12/2017
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While campuses across the United States have been offering spoken word programs for over 20 years, little attention has been paid to their purpose and impact beyond their contribution to the campus social aesthetic.

There is an increasing understanding that performance poetry and spoken word is much more than entertainment. Within disciplines such as English, Ethnic, WomenaEURO ™s, and Cultural Studies, scholarship has identified spoken wordaEURO ™s role in developing political agency among young adults; its utility for promoting authentic youth voice; and its importance as a tool of cultural engagement.

This book aEURO" compiled by scholar artists, including internationally recognized spoken word performers aEURO" offers guidance to student affairs professionals on using spoken word as a tool for college student engagement, activism, and civic awareness. It makes the case that campus event spaces need to transcend their association with the theatre or art departments to provide a venue where students are allowed to be different and find opportunities for personal and intellectual development, and civic engagement. Open mic nights offer college students a way to speak out, advocate, lead, educate, and explore with their peers.

This book presents a mix of critical essays and college student writing that explore themes of spoken word, student engagement and campus inclusion, and address these key topics:Spoken word as an educational, civic engagement, and personal development tool (particularly among traditionally marginalized communities)The links between spoken word and social activism (art as social action; art as a form of civic leadership)The importance of privileging student voice in student affairs programming (even when they yell; even when theyaEURO ™re angry)The challenges that come with engaging students in exploring intersecting concepts like race, gender, classConsiderations for creative and intentional spoken word programming (What does a creative program look like?) Scaling up for sustainability (through student affairs/academic affairs partnerships, study abroad collaborations, etc.)

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620365120
Number of pages: 168
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

From the Foreword:
"Are we listening? And are we willing to create the spaces for truth-telling and witness bearing that will allow for wellness and new imagination?

The editors and authors of this book answer these questions for educators profoundly, weaving poetry, spoken word, and personal storytelling to speak their truths loudly, boldly, and unapologetically. The rich tapestry that these authors paint with their words inspire hope, possibility, and change. They are stories of pain and struggle -- the unending effort to foster spaces that enable them and others to live more fully in their bodies."-- (05/12/2017)
"Open Mic Night provides a comprehensive, insider's account of what makes spoken word poetry spaces integral to campus life. The conceptual foundations and practical recommendations from educators, scholars, artists, and event organizers are essential resources for making campuses more dynamic, creative, and justice-centered."-- (06/02/2017)
"Open Mic Night is the beginning of a necessary conversation regarding youth centrism in higher education. Utilizing art, spoken word and Hip Hop Pedagogy as as a vehicle, the authors drop serious knowledge about how to engage students and provide platforms for student voice and collaboration on college and university campuses. This book is an imperative as campuses learn to partner with a new generation of youth who live in a diverse and civically-engaged world."-- (08/02/2017)

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