Planning for Jan Term 180 in Ireland

Written 12/31

From my syllabus: 

A moment can be the great turning point of a life.  For Mary Harris Jones, it was the loss of her husband and four children to yellow fever and later the loss of her home, shop, and possessions in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  With nothing left to lose, she joined a labor movement, eventually organizing strikes across the United States.  You might know her words: 
 I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please. “
or
“Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” 
You might also know her by the name, Mother Jones.  Though her movement building work was in the United States, she was born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland.  She was born a rebel in the “Rebel City”. 
What can we as American artists, musicians, dancers, and writers learn from Cork, the “Rebel City”?  What can we learn about arts as resistance?    
In this travel course, you, too, will cultivate fearless truth-telling within the vibrant arts community of Cork City in Ireland. There is a longtime municipal partnership and transatlantic connections between the San Francisco Bay Area and Cork, one supported by the embassies of the United States and Ireland.  You will be an important part of the Sister Cities Program.

I’m thrilled to say that in about 10 days, my Jan Term class will be on it’s way to Ireland.  I’m taking 16 student visual artists, dancers, musicians, vocalists, a hip hop artist, writers and poets.  At this point, I have planned theater workshops with two separate organizations, set up a collaborative artist residency at The Guest House, found spaces for students to be physically active and for dancers to rehearse, connected with the university to develop relationships with college students in the arts … it’s going to be a dynamic course.  I’m just hoping it meets or exceeds the expectations of the students and the arts community in Cork. 

This is a huge endeavor, one that continues a Sister City exchange that’s been healthily going on for the last 3 year now.  I’ve been hectically planning for months now, but most especially in the last few weeks when things could more easily come together.  Most folks don’t plan a year out for a class and are far more responsive when they have a handle on their own plans.  There’s always a risk, though, in cementing plans a week before Jan Term that the folks I need will just not be available. 

Check out some of what they are doing below. 

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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1-4pm
Class in Dante 113
Team Building 1-1:30
History of Ireland Reading Discussion (Black and Green, The Course of Irish History, BBC videos, Sex in a cold climate, Mother Jones, and Democracy Now) 1:30-2pm
BREAK 2-2:05
Student Walking Tour Planning and presentation 2:05-3
Review of the Itinerary 3-3:30pm
Quiz on History of Ireland 3:30-4pm
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1-4pm
Class in Dante 113
Team Building 1-1:30 (adaptation to change)
Reading discussion: Poems, Emergent Strategy, New Boy
 on Artistic Practice  1:30-2:15
BREAK 2:15-2:20
Set up blog 2:20-2:40
Create practice Wevideo  2:40-3:40
Quiz to develop Artist Statement and Statement of Resistance 3:40-4pm
10
REQUIRED MEETING AT 11am in the International Terminal, British Airways
Lunch on your own
Departure from SFO
16:05pm
11
Arrival on in London Heathrow at 10:35am
Lunch together at Airport
Departure at 14:05 to Cork
Arrival in Cork by 15:20
Pick up the Bus 226/226  at (17:00 or (17:30) to Parnell Place (17:30 or 18:00)
Check in at Jurys Inn, Anderson’s Quay, Centre, Cork, Ireland, +353 21 494 3000
Dinner at 7pm at Jurys Inn
12
Breakfast 9
GROUP 1 Student walking to tour 10:30 – 11:30pm
Lunch at Jurys Inn at 12:30
Workshop on Bios and Artist Statements with Dr. León 2-4pm (The Guest House)
ALTERNATIVE GROUP Student Walking Tour 4-5pm
Dinner Debriefing
6pm
13
Breakfast 9
GROUP 2 Student walking to tour 10:00 – 11pm
Lunch out together
Workshop with BrokenCrow Theatre from 1-6pm
Potluck Dinner with BrokenCrow
GROUP 3 Student walking tour (8-10 pm)
Blog 1 Due:  Artist Statement and Statement of Resistance
14
Breakfast 8:00
Religious/Spiritual Traditions
11-1pm
Mindfulness movement and body awareness with Róisín O’Gorman, University College Cork, DramaLab, Muskerry Villas, Western Road, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland
Lunch out together at Food Hut
Solidarity Sunday 3-5 with Irish Friends
Workshop with Dr. León on Artist Statements and Emergent Strategy 5-7 (The Guest House)
Dinner Debriefing 8pm
GROUP 4 Student walking tour (9-11 pm – Pubs and Music Scene, An Spailpín Fanac – singers night)
15
Breakfast 9am
Creative Inspiration:  morning walk in small groups
Lunch with Lord Mayor 11:45-1pm (20 people)
Workshop with Dr. León on Emergent Strategy and resistance statement 2-4pm (The Guesthouse)
Dinner with UCC faculty guests and Ó Bhéal partner 5-6:30pm –  (OUT – at Food Hut Aras Na Greine 21B Western Road, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 8917)
Attendance at Ó Bhéal Reading at The Long Valley – meet UCC students and members of the local arts community (7-1am)
Blog 1 Due:  Artist Statement and Statement of Resistance
16
Breakfast 9am
Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael García
(10:30-12:30pm)
Lunch 12:30pm
Digital Filmmaking Workshop with Paul Casey at The Long Valley
(2-4pm)
Dinner 6pm
8pm Meeting with MA in Creative Writing Students from UCC at Abbey Tavern, 54 Gillabbey St, The Lough, Cork, Ireland
17
Breakfast 7:30
Group 1 at Ó Bhéal and learning about arts administration through practice:  video promotion and event support at weekly reading (8:30-10:30 at the Civic Trust House) 
11am Rivers Edge Fitness intake process
Lunch 12:30pm
Group 2 at Ó Bhéal and learning about arts administration through practice:  photo blog essay (2:30-4:30 at the Civic Trust House)
Artistic Practice (1:30-6PM)
Dinner Debriefing 6PM
Class or Show
18
Breakfast 9am
Workshop with Dr. León, 10-12pm on Artistic Process and Preparation to Interview Artists (The Guesthouse)
Dancers:  Lorcan O’Neill 10-11:30am at the Firken Centre
Lunch 12:30
Visit to Crawford Art Gallery, Emmett Pl, Centre, Cork, Ireland
 1-3
OR
Artistic Practice 1-5pm
Dinner 6pm
Class or Show
19
Breakfast 8am
9am -11am Drama Studio Space University College Cork – Theories of Theatre and Performative Practices.  Conn S4/Dramalab at UCC (it is not on the main campus-entrance is from Western road across from the River Lee hotel). 
Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland, visit from 11-12pm
Lunch 12:30pm
Group 3 at Ó Bhéal
AND
Group 4 at Ó Bhéal
(2:30-4:30pm at the Civic Trust House)
Artistic Practice (1:30-6PM)
Dinner Debriefing 6PM
Class or Show
Blog 2 Due:  Reading Rites and Artist Process
20
EARLY BREAKFAST 6:00 am
Leave for Dublin 7:30 am
Arrive in Dublin at 10:30 am
Interviews with artists at 11am (Gallaher’s) Or 5pm at Gastropub
12pm (go at 11:30)
Lunch at the Gallaher & Co Bistro and Coffee House  (reservation for 18 people)
1:20 Trinity College Tour
2pm Reservation Tour of Trinity College and the Book of Kells (2-4:00)
4:30pm drop off items at hotel
Interview Artists at Gastropub near Jurys Inn Christchurch 5:00pm
Jameson Distillery Bow Street Tour 6:30pm
Dinner on your own
21
Breakfast 9am
Religious/Spiritual Traditions:  Christchurch Cathedral Mass
Lunch on your own
Open time to explore Dublin:  Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, Writers Museum (on your own)
Must be at the bus station by 3:30pm
4:30pm departure
7:30pm arrival in Cork
Travel to Cork
Dinner Debriefing at 8pm
Interview Notes Due
22
Breakfast 9am
Artistic Practice (9:30-12:30)
Lunch 12:30pm
Artistic Practice (1:30-6PM)
Dinner 6pm
Class or Show
Attendance at Ó Bhéal Reading at The Long Valley (Group 1 event support 7pm – 2am)
Blog 3 Due: Journey to learn about arts and activism in Dublin from the artists that do that work
23
Breakfast 9am
Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael García (10:30-12:30pm)
Dancers:  Cathy Walsh 10 – 11:30am, Firkin Centre
Lunch 12:30pm
Digital Filmmaking Workshop with Paul Casey at The Long Valley
(2-4pm)
Dinner Debriefing 6pm
Class or Show
7-9pm Group 4 meets with Dr. León for workshop prep (Jurys Inn)
Project Proposal for Arts Events Due
24
Breakfast 8
Group 4 works with The Unfinished Poetry Project on two mini-lessons (ekfrastic poetry and music, rhythm, and the poem) (9-11 prep; 11:30-1pm workshop)
Lunch 12:30pm
Artistic Practice (1:30-6PM)
Dinner 6pm
Class or Show
25
Breakfast 9am
Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael García
(10:30-12:30pm)
Dancers:  Cathy Walsh 10 – 11:30am, Firkin Centre
Lunch 12:30pm
Digital Filmmaking Workshop with Paul Casey at The Long Valley
(2-4pm)
Artistic Practice (4-6PM)
Dinner Debriefing 6pm
26
Breakfast 7:30
Group 1 at Ó Bhéal and learning about arts administration through practice:  video promotion (8:30-10:30 at the Civic Trust House)  / Artistic Practice
Lunch 12:30pm:  Show Pitches in Large Groups at Hotel
Group 2 at Ó Bhéal and learning about arts administration through practice:  photo blog essay (2:30-4:30)
Artistic Practice (1:30-6PM)
Dinner on your own
Class or Show
Blog 5 Due:  Arts Administration as Resistance 
27
EARLY BREAKFAST 6:00
Flex Day:  Burren/Cliffs of Moher
Blog 6 Due:  Reflection of Unfinished Poetry Project or Ó Bhéal Projects Workshop
All Ó Bhéal Projects should be complete by today.
LUNCH on your own
Dinner Debriefing 7pm
28
Breakfast 8am
Religious/Spiritual Traditions
Lunch 12:30pm – On your own
Artistic Practice (1:30-4)
Workshop with Dr. León on Travelogue 4-6pm
Dinner 6pm
29
Breakfast 9am
Artistic Practice (9:30-12:30)
Lunch 12:30pm
Artistic Practice (1:30-5PM/Rehearsal at the Cork Arts Theatre)
Dinner 5pm
Attendance at Ó Bhéal Reading at The Long Valley
(Group 1 event support 7pm – 2am)
30
Breakfast 9am
Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael García
(10:30-12:30pm)
(Dancers:  Cathy Walsh 10 – 11:30am, Firkin Centre)
Lunch 12:30pm
Digital Filmmaking Workshop with Paul Casey at The Long Valley
(2-4pm)
Dr. León leads a workshop from 3-5pm at UCC
Dinner 5pm
STUDENT SHOWCASE – Long Valley 6-9pm
Blog 7 Due:  Digital Storytelling Script and Travelogue
31
Breakfast 9am
Artistic Practice (9:30-12:30)
Lunch 12:30pm
Artistic Practice (1:30-5PM)
Dinner 5pm
STUDENT SHOWCASE – 8-10pm  (Invitation to the UCC students – Cork Arts Theater)
Blog 8:  Reflection on the Showcase
1
Breakfast 9am
Optional Tours for Students:  Good Day for Blarney Castle, Cork City Gaol, or shopping
Lunch 12:30pm
Optional Tours for Students:  Good Day for Blarney Castle, Cork City Gaol, or shopping
Dinner at Jurys Inn with Guests –5pm
Reflections:  how does learning about social issues in Ireland help you to identify issues within the American context?  What have you learned about yourself as a citizen, rebel, artist, and/or activist?  What have we learned from the “Rebel City”?  What have we learned about arts as resistance?  How do we as human beings find fulfillment through community contributions, especially as artists?
Blog 9:  Digital Storytelling and Final Reflection
2
EARLY BREAKFAST:  6:30am
Take Bus at 8am for the airport
Departure from Cork at 11:50
Arrival at London Heathrow at 13:20
Snacks in London
Departure from London 15:05 and arrive in SFO at 18:30
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LOCAL SHOW
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