Visiting Scholar In-Residence Course
A unique innovation of the COML program is the ability we have each year to bring one of the top, cutting-edge, distinguished scholars in our discipline to teach a course on campus in their particular area of expertise. This 3-credit elective course includes a 3-day on-campus immersion at Gonzaga and provides our students with an opportunity that is unparalleled.
Dr. Robert Hostetter
February 9-11, 2016
Dr. Robert Hostetter is one of the leading scholars on peace and conflict reconciliation and performance studies. From ethnographic work in Hiroshima, to Nicaragua, to Palestine & Israel, he has been at the heart of peace and reconciliation. Dr. Hostetter is the author of the play “Crossing Borders,” which he will share as we continue to build our capacity for Global Engagement.
Storytelling and Ethnographic Performance: Communication for Social Change.
Class Dates: Feb. 9, 10, 11.
Class Description: This course offers students an opportunity to share professor Hostetter’s collected oral history narratives, which provide the raw material for those interested in using storytelling as a way to understand global conflict and promote reconciliation and peace building.
Using field research from Armenia, Palestine, Israel, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Northern Ireland, students will choose one of these stories, conduct background research, and learn the process of adapting powerful stories into performance pieces designed to transform our world. The transformative nature of storytelling to bring about positive change is central to this course.
Dialogues for a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine
February 11, 2016 at 7pm
Location: Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Center Building
This presentation explores the role of dialogue for understanding peacemakers and peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine. Based on dialogues with some seventy non-governmental peacemakers, Dr. Hostetter will analyze the interplay of peacemaker dialogues with prophetic conflict analysis, compelling stories, and courageous strategies for peacebuilding. This presentation will include slides and story excerpts performed by Gonzaga students.
Dr. Robert Hostetter Biography
Robert Hostetter (PhD, Northwestern University), teaches at North Park University in Chicago, where he is chair of the Communication Arts Department, Director of Performance Studies, and Co-director of the Conflict Transformation Studies Program. For some thirty years, he has worked at the intersection of performance, ethnography, and peacebuilding—teaching courses in conflict transformation, theatre and performance, and dramatic writing. His dramatic work includes a play about the white/Native American conflicts of the 1880s, Cheyenne Jesus Buffalo Dream (1978); and Crossing Borders, a screenplay about mediation efforts in Nicaragua (1988). In the early 90’s, he served as vice-chair and chair of the Peace and Conflict Communication Commission of the National Communication Commission. In 1998, he was asked to record oral histories of Palestinians who lost homes and villages in 1948. He adapted some of those stories into the play, The Longing, which was performed twenty times in Chicago, the National Communication Association (Atlanta, 2001), and elsewhere. Since 2003, he has returned to Israel-Palestine five times to record dialogues with Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. He is currently completing a book, Dialogues for Peace in Israel-Palestine, and completing a play, Passion: Scenes Adapted from Dialogues with Peacemakers in Israel-Palestine. In May 2014 he and Gonzaga’s Dr. John Caputo co-led a group of North Park University students to Northern Ireland to study “The Troubles” and the ongoing peace process. His continuing work is to link local concerns, such as homelessness in Chicago, with international threats such as climate change and nuclear weapons. He is planning to return to Japan to record dialogues with hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings in 1945, as well as recent survivors of the Fukushima disaster; and to visit the gardens of Kyoto.