USM Summer

Unique Summer Courses

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USM offers a variety of unique summer courses in the areas of Holistic Health and Theatre.  Visit our registration page for details on how to register for one of the unique summer courses below.

Therapeutic Touch

CON 490 (61088)
Instructor:
Bernadette Curtis
Location:
Blended - Online / On campus, 214/215 Abromson Center, Portland
Dates: May 12-June 6, 2014
Class meetings are as follows:
This class includes 2 full days and one half day of class on  campus (Friday, 5/16 and Saturday, 5/17, 8:30am-4:30pm;  Friday, 6/6, 1:00pm-4:00pm).

Course Description:

This course will introduce the theory and practice of the Krieger-Kunz method of Therapeutic Touch. Concentration will be on the practice of Therapeutic Touch as an intentionally directed process of energy exchange, using the hands to facilitate the movement of energy, and restoring balance to the energy system of the human body. The course will focus on the understanding of the basic principles of the human energy field; intuition; intentionality; benefits; theory; principles; process; and experiential learning of the Therapeutic Touch technique. Through readings, lecture, demonstrations, and practice, students will integrate the TT process with considerations of creating a healing environment, the ethics of practice, and integrating holistic health and self-care. 3 credits.

 

Acting: Performance Weekend Intensive

THE 102 (61000)
Instructor:
Wil Kilroy
Location:
Luther Bonney, Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland campus
Dates: May 16-25, 2014 (Two Weekends)
Class meetings are as follows:

Friday, 5/16 & 23: 5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Saturday, 5/17 & 24: 10:00 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday, 5/18 & 25: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to theatre through the eyes of the performer. Students will gain a basic understanding of theatre as a performing art through lecture, discussion, and performance of scenes. Improvisational exercises, relaxation techniques, and character analysis strategies will be included. Students will also attend campus and area theatrical productions and be required to write critical reviews of the performances. 3 credits.

 

Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov

THE 494/599 (61383/61384)
Instructor:
Wil Kilroy
Location:
Presidential Dining Room, Brooks Student Center, Gorham campus
Dates:
June 30-July 6, 2014
Time:
9:00AM - 10:00PM each day

Course Description:This is an intensive, one-week immersion program in the Acting Techniques of Michael Chekhov.  This course provides an intensive overview of the acting techniques created by Michael Chekhov. Areas of focus will include characterization, scene study, stage movement and voice, and teaching methods. The course will conclude with a works-in-progress performance. Typically offered summer only. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. 3 credits.

 

Readers Theatre

THE 275 (62144)
Instructor:
Wil Kilroy
Location:
Presidential Dining Room, Brooks Student Center, Gorham campus
Dates:
July 9-13, 2014 - Cancelled

Course Description:
This course teaches the process involved in arranging literature and other materials for performance or for use as a teaching tool. Elements of scripting, directing, and acting for simple, staged, chamber, and story theatre will be analyzed. 3 credits.

Philosophy & Social Media: Hot Topics

PHI 235 (64363/64364)Instructors:  Julien Murphy and Maureen Ebben
Location:  Online or On campus (Portland)
Dates:  June 11-13 (live), June 11-July 8 (online)
Time:  9:00AM-4:00PM

Course Description:
PHI 235 can be taken in two ways this summer:  Students may take the class completely online, or completely face-to-face with online assignments (see dates above).  
    
Explore with us the social and philosophical issues in the latest hot topics in social media including: hacking, surveillance, big data, the NSA, Snowden, gaming and bitcoin.  Using guest speakers, video, fiction, and recent research, we will debate and analyze the future of privacy, identity, community and the social costs of security in digital culture.