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Artaud, Living Theatre, Performance Group: Unsuccessful Catalysts for Lasting Cultural Change

Theatre actors have been progressively taking ideas from other artists and building on them since the concept of theatrical performance began. It is important then, for each group to look at the artists who have come before and either emulate them, clarify their work, or create new work themselves. Henrik Ibsen, a 19th century Norwegian playwright and director, later reached great acclaim for his ground-breaking work, A Doll’s House. For this and some of his other works (e.g. Hedda Gabler and Ghosts), Ibsen is commonly known as the Father of Realism. His plays brought true life onstage, and he sought to teach the audience a moral lesson. Ibsen’s work propelled realism into the forefront, which, after a time, became outdated and new styles of theatre emerged. 
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Student Author: Meghan Landon


Keywords: Antonin Artaud, theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Dionysus in '69, The Living Theatre

 

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Bubble City
Bubble City is a satirical architectural research project that assesses the ignorance of the obscenely rich in a world riddled by climate change and filled with others who do not have the power to do anything about it. Rather than use their resources to address and solve these problems, it is typical for urgent dilemmas to be averted, and for ideas of escapism and avoidance to permeate this specific bracket of wealth. The project sits on the edge of fantasy and reality, where the absurdity of human “needs” in times of turmoil is questioned. Will there come a point when the rich will be able to use their resources to escape the inevitability of a rapidly changing climate? What sort of unnecessary luxuries will we still require when many have nothing left? Bubble City explores one possibility in a bleak future, with “ultra-filtered air,” “apocalypse-proof” bubble material, indoor infinity pools, and luxury shopping centers existing in the city, despite the tumultuous environment surrounding it. The project mirrors the format and irrationality of luxury housing advertising that was researched as a precedent. This included over-the-top visuals used when advertising the real estate of extravagant locations like Las Vegas, Nevada, but also complexes and villages that hit a little closer to home like Vermella, which was recently built across the street from Kean University. These complexes offer a unique solution for those that have the money to attain it, and feature exorbitant luxuries like in-home movie theatres and bowling alleys. 
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Student Authors: Elise Dusenshine and Todd Blackburn

 


Keywords: Bubble City, climate change, satire, luxury housing, post-apocalyptic

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Developing a Web-based Learning Experience for Nutrition among Future Health and Sports Science Professionals
Nutrition education theories support the use of videos to help individuals take steps towards changing their behavior. The purpose of NOURISH (Nutrition Outreach to Undergrads in Sports Science and Health Professions) is to develop a multimedia, theory-based nutrition website for students preparing for careers in medicine and sports science. Research has shown that nutrition knowledge and resources are often limited for students pursuing careers in sports medicine or medicine. NOURISH was a collaboration with Kean University’s graphic design team to develop interactive review questions and a brief video to help students learn about pre-exercise hydration guidelines using the multimedia learning theory and the social cognitive theory...
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Student Authors: Melissa K. Casimir, Sandra Sertile, and Emily Breen


Keywords: nutrition, diet, calories, self-efficacy, social cognitive theory

 
Creative Work

B2 in the Ruin

There is a large need for additional housing in central Rome. This is due both to the large number of international students who come to Rome to study for part of the year, as well as the demand for housing from smaller families. With available housing already low, this causes continuous strain on the housing system and requires the need for additional housing. Our project offers a unique solution: to convert the existing San Giacomo hospital, abandoned and unoccupied since 2008, into affordable housing for students and small families.
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Student Authors: Mina Aziz and Hugo Burgos


Keywords: Housing, Italy, San Giacomo, student housing, hospital conversion, small family housing

 
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Lysistrata: Modern Day Feminist, Ancient Joke

Most of the literature written on the topic of Ancient Greece was written by men, leaving out the female perspective and narrative. This is crucial to understanding the context of plays, art, and books of the time period.  In an effort to have a more well-rounded view of Ancient Greece, the female perspective is needed. Without it, scholarly articles and reviews remain one-sided, and therefore skewed. In looking at works through the lens of women, Ancient Greece comes alive as a whole new civilization. Hopefully, more women will revisit this topic and revitalize the conversation of the art of Ancient Greece.
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Student Author: Megan Tobias


Keywords: Lysistrata, Aristophanes, feminism, gender studies, Ancient Greece