Explore, engage and energize your creativity with like-minded peers and supportive faculty.
Collaborate to move your work from the classroom to arts spaces across campus and in the community.
Arts College Student Staff
"Being a part of the Arts Residential College provided me with a wonderful community throughout my entire first year and beyond. If allowed me to have opportunities to be a part of the arts on campus despite being an engineering major. I found some of my closest friends on campus and it made the transition to college smooth and easy. I have continued to be involved in the Residential College community and as a Senior I hope that I can provide the same community and experience I have had to the incoming class!"
"Being a part of the Arts Res college opened up a variety of opportunities that I probably would not have gotten to experience at such depth nor taken part in due to my major. Living with such a fun, diverse, and caring group of individuals who always have my back really shaped my first year at Bucknell and made the adjustment much easier. I know the experiences I had and the friendships I made are the ones that will last a lifetime!"
"The community that I am apart of because I choose to do a Residential College, specifically the Arts Residential College, is something unlike any club or group on campus can provide and is completely indispensable. I've met some of my closest friends through this program while pursuing my interests in the arts, despite my major, and growing as a person, student, and artist as a result. Over the past year, I have learned so much about who I am and who I want to be because of the Arts Residential College."
"As a first year, I wasn't a part of the Arts College, but I made many friends that were. Being a part of the res college gives you the opportunity to meet other people outside of your major that have similar interests. You build really strong relationships with the other students and junior fellows. Having such a strong support system makes the transition to college so much easier. Together, you get to explore different areas of art and discover new interests. "
"I always tell people there are three important things I gained from my liberal arts education at Bucknell, and I carry them with me in my career path: 1. Always ask why, and why not; 2. Follow your heart/interest; 3. Make a difference."
"I've lived in various places in the U.S. and abroad, so I always felt different. Now I feel like I have so much inside of me that I'm sure of. Bucknell has helped me grow into the person that I am proud of today."
Nationalism and Music Prof. Sezi Seskir RESC 098-23
Visual Intelligence Prof. Janice Mann RESC 098-24
Masks & Meaning Prof. Elaine Williams RESC 098-25
Creativity and the Beast Prof. Paula Closson Buck RESC 098-26
Nationalism and Music
What differentiates patriotism from nationalism? What are national identities made of and who came up with them? Why are national anthems and flags such a sensitive subject for many, even when people know little about how they come into existence? How is it possible for us to consolidate feeling proud about a country we feel attached to while acknowledging its violent acts against others? In this course, asking questions like these through the prism of music, students will tackle the question of nationalism; a subject that occupies our daily discourse. We will explore music’s role in shaping and reflecting national identity through a series of case studies ranging from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Topics will include examining how a nation’s sound is created within its anthems or in its Eurovision song contest entries. We will discuss music’s role as an enabler, both as a propaganda or torture tool, and as a peace-making device. We will develop critical ears to listen to nationalistic film music that pushes our emotional buttons.
If you want to see what really matters, develop your visual intelligence. Visual intelligence is the ability to see the world and images with clarity and precision and to communicate accurately to someone else what you have observed. The first half of the semester will focus on sharpening the observational skills you need for precise looking and understanding and the second half of the semester will be devoted to project-based assignments in which you will use your newfound observational skills.
Masks & Meaning
Discover the transformational and expressive power of the mask. World cultural traditions alive in festival, ritual, and performance inspire design and mask making in this studio class. Explore character movement in a Commedia dell’Arte mask you have crafted. Examine community values through collaborative design. Find your mask of identity.
Creativity and the Beast
From cockroaches to wooly mammoths, goldfish to road-kill to mythical beasts, animals are a source of wonder in themselves. They can also be a rich source of subject matter for exploration in fiction and creative nonfiction. Spurred on by writers like David Foster Wallace on the lobster industry, Rebecca Solnit on moths, and Haruki Murakami on a gigantic toad, we’ll cultivate our own curiosities and learn how to conduct and incorporate various kinds of research and observation in our writing. At the same time, we will practice techniques for creating short fiction and narrative essays that are memorably rich with animalian textures and contexts, whether central to the work or peripheral. All of this will inevitably provide new perspectives on our human being in the world.
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