UC MEXUS-UCR UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND SEMINAR
2014 THEME: STAGING REALITY IN MEXICO
SPRING 2014

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE TAUGHT BY
DR. JULIE WARD, UC MEXUS SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

This seminar is the first of an annual series focused on topics in Mexican Studies, United States-Mexico Relations, Latino Studies, or Critical Issues. The inaugural topic is “Staging Reality in Mexico.” By focusing on contemporary discourses of theatre of the real and documentary, undergraduate scholars will develop their abilities by researching new and emergent literature in the fields of drama and Mexican studies. Providing both theoretical and practical experiences, as well as financial aid to all participants, and capitalizing on the presence of artists in Southern California, this seminar will advance the mission of UC MEXUS by inquiring critically into the ways that Mexican reality is represented on the stage.

Students will examine the history of documentary theatre in Mexico from its origins with Vicente Leñero, through the work of Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda and Humberto Robles, and ending with contemporary examples from Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol. We will analyze how the representation of reality in the theatre has developed from traditional documentary theatre to current examples of theatre of the real. The seminar’s practical aspects include visits and presentations by and discussion with Mexican theatre practitioners as well as the development of a research project or work of documentary theatre, to be presented at the final UC MEXUS Undergraduate Research Scholars Colloquium.

We invite upper-division undergraduate students enrolled at the University of California, Riverside to apply. The seminar will be held on Wednesdays from 2:10PM to 5PM in the UC MEXUS Conference Room (3324 Olmsted Hall) from April 2 – May 7. After participating in a discussion and seeing performances by Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, scholars will meet with the advisor, Dr. Julie A. Ward, on a one-on-one basis to develop their capstone research or creative projects from May 14 – June 4. All scholars will present either their research or creative project at the UC MEXUS-UCR Undergraduate Scholars Colloquium on June 11, 2014. Accepted participants will receive a research scholarship of $400 from UC MEXUS as well as 3 units of course credit (THEA 170). One hundred percent attendance is required. Reading knowledge of Spanish is strongly recommended.

To apply for the scholarship and seminar please send a document with your name, e-mail address, department/degree program, year in department/degree program, and a brief (max. 400 words) letter detailing:

  • your qualifications,
  • how your interests relate to this seminar,
  • what you seek to gain from participation,
  • knowledge of Spanish, and
  • what you would contribute to the seminar;

along with an unofficial copy of your transcript, to Dr. Julie Ward jaward@ucr.edu no later than 12:00 PM on March 14, 2014. Students will be notified of the decision by noon on March 21, 2014. Limited to 8 scholars. All inquiries: jaward@ucr.edu

Updated on 03/05/2014