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Theater Project/German Liberal Arts Consortium (GLAC)

Theater Project/German Liberal Arts Consortium (GLAC)

The German Liberal Arts Consortium (GLAC) was formed in 2004 at the Center for Educational Technology (cet), one of the three NITLE regional centers. It is a consortium of German departments at several liberal arts colleges, including Vassar College, Colgate University, Lafayette College, and Wheaton College, among others. The consortium is collaborating to develop innovative courses that would otherwise not be possible at any one institution.

GLAC's first project is a senior seminar on German drama, which was taught in fall 2005. Organized around the Ttheater Freiburg, the course focused on Friedrich Schiller's first play, Die Räuber (1782), which is being staged as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of Schiller's death. Over the course of the semester students from Vassar, Colgate, Lafayette, and Wheaton studied the play separately and collaboratively. Twice during the semester, all groups converged for joint theater workshop, once in September at Vassar College, and once again at Lafayette College in November. In addition, teachers and students from all four colleges worked together and with the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg via videoconferencing and MOOssiggang. In addition to developing their own sophisticated interpretation of the play in its historical context, students also explored factors associated with its performance for a contemporary audience. As part of that process, students were given access to the dramaturgical notes, costumes, and set designs for a production of the play at the Theater Freiburg. After viewing a videotaped production of the performance, the course interviewed the play's director, actors, and dramaturg via videoconference. Other videoconferences enabled students to speak with the dramaturg of the Berliner Ensemble about their production of Die Räuber as well as scholars such as Norbert Oellers, the author of a recent biography of Schiller.