Life experiences 5/9 and 5/10

Purdue Calumet graduate students
write, narrate life experiences

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 (5/9) and Friday (5/10) in YJean Chambers Theater of the Student Union & Library.

Local students presenting

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 Advisor 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. “

Performance studies

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, she 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.