The Slam DeCal
About the Course:
A slam is a competitive spoken word event in which randomly selected judges score poems on a scale from 0 to 10 based on criteria of writing and performance. Slam as we know it was first started by a construction worker in Chicago. Now, slam can be found all over the world in schools, universities, poetry lounges, bars, community centers, on television, broadway, online and wherever else there is a stage and a thirst for poetry. Slam has never been about the points, it has always been about the poetry, and in this capacity it has acted as a vehicle for literary artists to meet each other and share their artistry for years.
Along with grounding students in the history of spoken word and slam poetry, as well as providing a critical lens with which to approach slam, we will also run workshops that will give students the opportunity to write spoken word poetry and learn performance techniques. We will NOT teach students how to “win” a slam but we will give them the tools to appreciate, participate in, get more out of, and critically analyze the medium as “participant observers."
How to Enroll:
NEW INFO: Anyone who is interested in taking the Slam DeCal needs to show up on the first day of our class (Wednesday 8/29 in 122 Barrows) to receive the short application. Those who make it officially into the DeCal will be notified by Thursday 8/30.
Course Contact: gcortez08 AT berkeley.edu, nhuey AT berkeley.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Lyn Hejinian
Time & Location:
|THE ULTIMATE SEKSHUN||Gabriel Cortez|
|40||122 Barrows||W 5p-6p||8/29||full||—|
|Course Material: The Slam DeCal Topic Outline with Reading Assignments.docx||Aug 23||18kb||Word Doc (Viewer)||View Download|
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