Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Receiving & Giving in Consumer Society

In Students, Teaching on December 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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By Sue Hudd, Professor of Sociology

Professor Sue Hudd’s Sociology 101 class, themed on consumerism has spent the past semester studying consumer culture. The course is designed to enable students to dissect messages we encounter daily that encourage us to “shop ‘til you drop’ using introductory concepts in Sociology. Hudd’s students spent the semester considering the various ways in which consumerism has become an integral component of American culture. They examined both the invisible forces that compel us to consume as well as the impact of consumerism on a wide range of social institutions. Throughout the semester, Hudd’s students also worked in discipline-based groups, with the goal of analyzing the effects of consumerism on their chosen field.

Nine, the Musical

In Event, Theater on December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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By Drew Scott, Adjunct Professor of Theater, and Emily Scott

In the fall of 2010, two freshman auditioned for Theater for Community’s production of The Trojan Women. For the first time, they tread the boards of Buckman Theater among a company of upper- and underclassmen, bringing new life to characters created more than two thousand years ago. These young women went on to participate in every Theater for Community and student production over their four years here, working both on stage and behind the scenes to help create a variety of exciting shows ranging from drama to comedy to musical productions.

Much Ado About Nothing

In Event, Theater on April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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By Tom Schwans, Adjunct Professor of Theater

From April 10th – 13th, Quinnipiac University Theater for Community was proud to present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Below is my director’s note from the production. A complete collection of photos by Melissa Mizell can be seen on the QU Theater for Community Facebook page.

Shakespeare didn’t know that he was “Shakespeare!” Our deifying of Shakespeare came long after his death and our study of his work as literature is relatively recent. Shakespeare was a playwright, he was an actor, and he was a theatre owner. In modern parlance, Shakespeare was a cheap hack who was trying to make a buck. There was money to be made in writing plays and charging admission, and Shakespeare made money. He did so by appealing to the masses. He wrote about love, about power, about sex, about death, about everything that it means to be human.

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