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

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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 (TM)s, and Cultural Studies, scholarship has identified spoken wordaEURO (TM)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 (TM)re angry)

The challenges that come with engaging students in exploring intersecting concepts like race, gender, class

Considerations 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.)

EducationEducation TheoryEducation: care & counselling of studentsEducationEducation TheoryHigher & further education, tertiary education Publisher: Stylus Publishing Publication Date: 30/12/2017 ISBN-13: 9781620365120  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Toby S. Jenkins is Assistant Professor, Higher Education, University of Hawaii, and writes and performs poetry as a personal hobby and a form of contemplative practice. Marla L. Jaksch is Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey. Crystal L. Endsley is Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an internationally recognized spoken word artist. Anthony R. Keith, Jr. is Director of DC Prep Academy, and an internationally recognized spoken word artist.

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