Connecting with Your Audience: Performance Techniques to Enhance Teaching and Communicate Research

10/09/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Niles Gallery in the Fine Arts Library
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Whenever you teach a class or present your scholarship, you’re a performer: you want to capture the audience’s attention and transform its stance toward your topic. How can you make your audience lean forward, eager to follow the intellectual journey you’re leading—even when they know nothing about your field? This interactive workshop will offer accessible strategies from theater, voice training, and improv to help you engage your students and colleagues. Whether you’re teaching your first section or entering the 3MT competition, you can learn to use your voice, body, and environment more effectively to make your performance click. Please bring a short description of a topic that you anticipate needing to teach or present.

Pre-­registration required by October 5th
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner is the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies at Linfield College. A former public speaking coach, he trained at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before receiving his BA from Yale and his PhD from Harvard. For several years, he has taught a presentation workshop for graduate students at the UC Santa Cruz Dickens Universe, where he is a faculty member. His articles on performance and theater have appeared in Victorian Studies, ELH, and SEL, as well as The New Yorker, Slate, and The New York Times.
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