Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions
Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, & Revolutions examines how the arts and media provoke change in individuals, collectives and institutions. Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions challenges students as well as our larger community to investigate how systems of hierarchy and oppression are critiqued and disrupted. From the spoken word to scientific intervention, we seek to provoke debate, encourage civic engagement and promote actions of social justice.
The questions below are provided to facilitate discussion on this year’s focus. Please note that the initial question in each cluster could provide an entry point that then supports a deeper query. We hope that faculty and students will adapt these questions for their own use.
- How do we define Rights? Radicals? Revolutions? What is the relationship between these terms? Are they separate or interdependent?
- How do we relate rights, radicals, + revolutions to the arts, cultural, media, politics, science and technology?
- What rights do we need? What is a right and what is a privilege? How do we discern the difference?
- What constitutes a radical act? What determines if something is radical or not? What happens if the radical becomes the norm?
- What generates a revolution? What makes a revolution gain followers? How can small, ordinary acts be revolutionary?
- How do we become educated about our rights, radicals, + revolutions? How do our sources and networks influence our opinions?
- What are the consequences of a revolution? Who benefits from the change that a revolution brings? Who suffers?
- What motivates radicals? How can radicals be responsible? Who do they answer to?