Final Program Description and Suggested Course Equivalencies

Stages of Discovery: Revolutions in Art and Science

Faculty: Krishna Chowdary, Andrea Gullickson, Elizabeth Williamson

Stages of Discovery: Revolutions in Art and Science was a full-time lower-division program designed to introduce students to the tools artists and scientists use to investigate our world. We studied two historical periods—the Renaissance and the early 20th century—characterized by major revolutions in western scientific and artistic practices. We also read contemporary plays about science, in order to begin to think comparatively about what art and science have to offer each other in the 21st century. We studied primarily theater and musical forms of art, and our study of science focused on physics, including topics in Galilean physics, special relativity, and quantum physics.

Particular emphasis was placed on helping the students develop their own learning goals for the program, but all students were asked to develop a good working knowledge of the investigative methods used by artists and scientists, and to work deliberately on improving their written and oral communication skills. During the first fourteen weeks of the program, students participated in weekly lectures and seminars as well as performance, writing, and physics workshops. During winter quarter, students also attended weekly skill-building workshops in either music, script-writing, or science. Students wrote frequent short seminar papers and follow-up responses. They demonstrated their understanding of the materials covered in physics lectures and workshops through submission of problem sets and completion of a problem-based in-class exam and a take-home essay exam. They completed four critical essays that were peer-reviewed and submitted for faculty review, as well completing a synthetic take-home essay exam at the end of fall quarter.

For the final six weeks of the program, students worked collaboratively to design performances on a scientific topic of their choice based on a survey of scientific literature. The goals of this project were for students to hone existing skills and develop new ones, to learn to express their understanding of a topic through the medium of performance, and to explore the question: “What is the social and/or artistic function of a science play?” Students learned how to produce an annotated bibliography and documented their individual learning in artist’s and researcher’s statements. They worked with guest artist Rick Burkhardt to hone their performances, which they then presented to the program in the final week of winter quarter.

The reading, viewing and listening list included: selections from The Essential Galileo (ed., trans. Finocchiaro), Galileo: A Very Short Introduction (Drake); selections from Relativity, The Special and General Theory (Einstein); selections from Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality (Kumar); The Tempest (Shakespeare); Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Shakespeare); Life of Galileo (Brecht); Arcadia (Stoppard); “They Say/I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Graff & Birkenstein); A Number (Churchill); Oxygen (Djerassi and Hoffman); Copenhagen (Frayn);The Tempest (dir. Jarman); Hamlet (dir. Almereyda); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (dir. Tom Stoppard); Galileo (dir: Losey); Copenhagen (dir. Davies); movements from Symphony #5 (Beethoven); excerpts from Pierre Lunaire (Schoenberg); movements from Symphony #40 (Mozart); movements from Piano Trio in G Major (Beethoven); selections from Einstein on the Beach (Glass).

(Standard) Suggested Course Equivalencies (varies depending on specialty work in winter)

  • 2 or 3 – Conceptual Physics
  • 2 or 4 – Introduction to Theater or 4 – Introduction to Theater and Music
  • 4 or 5 – Introduction to Collaborative Research
  • 4 – Collaborative Performance
  • 2 – Cultural History of Art and Science
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Week 20!

  • Make sure you have and read Home Stretch handout
  • Week 20 Calendar page available
  • Tech Dress Rehearsals Tuesday and Wednesday (see Week 20 Calendar page for schedule)
  • Final Performances! Thursday and Friday! (see Week 20 Calendar page for schedule *UPDATED Mon 7:30pm*)
  • Final Script due Thursday 1 pm
  • Critique Notes & Questions due Thursday or Friday
  • Individual Artist’s Statement due 5 pm Saturday
  • Self-Evaluation due 5 pm Saturday
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Home Stretch!

  • Home Stretch handout from Tuesday March 6 available here
  • Drafts of Program Description for Fall & Winter available here; Winter only available here. Consult these as you write your self-evaluations so that you aren’t redundant.
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Week 19

  • Week 19 Calendar page available
  • Resource Request due Monday by noon
  • Joint Run-Throughs on Thursday and Friday (see Week 19 Calendar page for schedule)
  • Self-Evaluation Workshop
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Week 18

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Week 17

  • Week 17 Calendar page available
  • Research Summary Update due by 8 pm Thursday
  • Annotated Bibliography conferences on Tuesday & Wednesday (schedule)
  • Visiting Artist Rick Burkhardt performance Tuesday 7:30 pm, LH 05
  • Workshops with Rick Burkhardt Thursday & Friday (schedule)
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Week 16

  • Week 16 Calendar page available
  • Galileo Dialogues trip to Seattle University: 2 – 11 pm, Mon. Feb. 13
  • Annotated Bibliography due by 8 pm, Thu. Feb. 16
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Physics Essay Exam available

  • Physics Exam available here
  • due by 5pm Thu. Feb. 9 to Lab 2 3255
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Week 15

  • Week 15 Calendar page available
  • Prospectus due Mon. Feb. 6 by noon
  • Critical Essay due Tue. Feb. 7 by 1 pm
  • Physics Exam due Thu. Feb. 9 by 5 pm
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Week 14

  • Week 14 Calendar Page posted
  • Group Membership List due by noon, Mon. Jan. 30 via email to all faculty, check here for updated lists plus currently unaffiliated students
  • Class extended to 4 pm on Fri. Feb. 3
  • Critical Essay (peer review version) due for Writers Workshop
  • Physics Lab meets in Library, Academic Computing Center, Library 2617
  • Complete Quantum pre-class assignments before physics lectures on Tue. and Thu.
  • Physics Assignment Three due by 5 pm, Fri. Feb. 3 to Krishna’s office, Lab 2 3255
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Week 13

  • Hope you are recovering from last week’s snowstorm
  • Week 13 Calendar posted
  • Physics Help: Mon. 11 – 12, Tue. 9:30 – 10:30, in Krishna’s office Lab 2 3255
  • We’re starting class at 12:45 instead of 1 on Tue. for important announcements – please be on time for this early start
  • Complete Quantum pre-class#1 by 1pm Tue.
  • Post Individual Statements (description) here by 3pm Wed.
  • Complete Quantum pre-class#2 by 1pm Tue.
  • We still plan to go on the field trip to Seattle on Friday
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Week 12

  • The Week 12 Calendar page is available.
  • Script-Writing Workshop Schedule Preview.
  • Physics Help, Tue. 9 – 10:30 am, Krishna’s office Lab 2 3255.
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Welcome to Winter Quarter!

  • Our first class meeting is at 10:30 am, Tue. Jan. 10, in Sem 2 E3105.
  • Please read the Winter Overview (see below) for our first class meeting, and bring a copy with you.
  • Please read “The scientist on the stage: a survey” (see below or the Week 11 Calendar page) for seminar on our first class day. Bring a copy of the article with you.
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Winter Quarter Update!

  • Hope you are all rejuvenated and enjoying a fabulous break.
  • Here’s a copy of the Winter Overview we sent out via e-mail.
  • Here’s a copy of The Scientist on the stage: a survey which all students should read for the first day of class.
  • An “in progress” version of our week 11 calendar page is posted (new students: you will find this under the Calendar link above).  We thought some of you might be interested in getting a jump start on the readings. Oxygen (the play) and Quantum are what we will be taking up first in the new quarter.
  • Winter quarter texts are listed in the Texts link above.
  • Winter quarter weekly schedule available at the Weekly Schedule link above.
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End-of-Quarter Materials!

  • Here is a copy of the program description that will be included with your faculty evaluation.  You may want to take this into consideration when writing your self- evaluation so that you might avoid overlap.  No need to take up space with information from the program description in your self-evaluation.
  • Here is a copy of the End-of-Quarter Stuff handout distributed at the last class meeting, during the potluck.
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Fall Exam!

  • Essay Exam info and prompts available here
  • Essay Exam due by 6 pm to seminar faculty via email
  • Notes about Physics Exam format available here
  • Physics Study questions available here
  • Physics Exam begins at 9 am sharp Wed. Dec. 7 in Sem 2 B1107
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Week 10

  • The detailed Week 10 Calendar page is available.
  • Exam Terms (generated in class on Th. Dec. 1) available here.
  • Post Proposed Exam questions here.
  • Portfolio Guidelines available here.
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Week 9

The Week 9 calendar is available. You will find the reading details for the week (along with links when needed). Prompts/guidelines for self-evaluation drafts and Critical Essay 3 are also available.

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Week 8 Calendar is Ready!

The Week 8 Calendar, with reading details and Seminar Paper Prompts, is available.

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Week 7 Calendar Page Ready

  • The Week 7 Calendar, with reading details and Seminar Paper Prompts, is available.
  • Individual Writing Conferences on Monday & Tuesday – schedule with your Seminar Faculty
  • Our first lecture on Tuesday will begin at 1:30 – no 12:30 lecture this week.
  • Physics Workshop Change of Location – we will meet in Sem II B1107
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