HAMMOND | Six Purdue University Calumet graduate students enrolled in this year’s Advanced Oral Interpretation course are completing a double-duty assignment. They have written stories about their life experiences and identity and will narrate them during a free program at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday in YJean Chambers Theater of the Student Union & Library, 2200 169th St.
Student presenters are Natalie Mora, of Schererville; Alexandria Govert, of Crown Point; Rhonda Nemri, of Munster; Caitlin Ryder, of Highland; Kristin Sarver, of Griffith; and Hans-Peter Nkansah, of South Holland, Ill.
“If we look at experience as a form of identity or culture, then students are expressing their insights into a given identity/culture,” Purdue Calumet Professor and Production Adviser Theresa Carilli said. “The range of experience is quite amazing with these performances, which include being an Arab-American woman, being disabled, growing up in Africa, participating in a beauty pageant, being raised by a teen mother and struggling with depression. “
In the discipline where this work originates, known as Performance Studies, students focus on how acts of communication are performance acts and performance acts are acts of communication, Carilli added. “Thus, students reveal insight and understanding into the communication process through these performances.”
The student-written scripts combine chaos, comedy and adventures of life. They also present a mix of memories, experiences and lessons.