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Mason, Gesel R Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Mason's research and creative interests include the embodied exploration of identity, otherness, and the human condition, particularly in the areas of sexual expression, African American studies, and women’s issues. As a choreographer, performer, and arts facilitator, she uses dance and performance as a vehicle to interrogate the self and society, stimulate dialogue, and catalyze transformation. Guiding questions include: What do we share or keep secret; how do we live, love, and persevere; and what can we learn from each other despite our differences? As a choreographer, Mason utilizes dance, theater, and storytelling to bring visibility to voices unheard, situations neglected, or perspectives considered taboo. As a performer, she is interested in what is communicated through movement and by the body. As an arts facilitator, she uses the arts in partnership with groups, organizations, and communities to address social issues and foster cross-cultural conversations.

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  • the intersections of race, class and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics; choreography, contemporary dance, arts facilitation and community engagement

Teaching

courses taught

  • DNCE 4038 - Dance Repertory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Learning and performing dances from the repertory of current faculty members, artists-in-residence and upon occasion from the repertory of historic modern dancers. Dance majors may repeat up to 9 total credit hours with different instructors. Enrollment by audition only. Same as DNCE 5038.
  • DNCE 4919 - Dance Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Project in dance under supervision of senior faculty. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as DNCE 5919.
  • DNCE 4939 - Dance Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Provides an opportunity for upper-division dance majors to serve apprenticeships in the community in work areas related to their major interests and career goals. Internships are available in areas such as arts administration, dance therapy, and technical production. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours. Instructor consent rquired.
  • DNCE 5909 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores topics and research in relation to areas such as technology, environment, teaching methods, performance, world dance, arts in society, and/or criticism that the normal sequence of offerings may not allow. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.Same as DNCE 2909 and DNCE 4909.
  • DNCE 5919 - Dance Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Project in dance under supervision of senior faculty. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as DNCE 4919.
  • ENGL 5279 - Studies in Poetry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Addresses contemporary poetry, and/or literary works important for contemporary poetry. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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