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Friday, April 18, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Free poems? Poetry class writes rhymes on the spot

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tatiana Cirisano.

'Rent-a-Poet' poems | Hatchet staff writer Tatiana Cirisano

‘Rent-a-Poet’ poems | Hatchet staff writer Tatiana Cirisano

Forced inside by the heavy rain, 13 poetry students huddled around a small table on the entrance floor of Gelman library Tuesday afternoon, eagerly punching out poem after poem on a time-worn typewriter.

Though partially hidden by the small herd of poets, a sign was taped to the edge of the table, reading “RENT-A-POET: Free poems on the spot!”

Their reason?

“I’m looking to get into the fortune cookie business,” joked junior poetry student Gabriel Simon.

Although the poems surpassed fortune-cookie quality, the students had an alternate purpose in mind. By writing on-demand poems for other students on the subject of their choosing, the poets celebrated National Poetry Month and the ability of poems to add calm to stressed lives.

This community project was the brainchild of English professor Jennifer Chang, who put on “Rent-a-Poet” and other events with the help of the students from her Poetry Writing course. As a new professor to GW, Chang saw an opportunity to bring her love of poetry outside of the lecture hall and into the minds of students across campus.

“I wanted to make sure that poems didn’t just happen in your notebook or in your room or in classrooms, even. I wanted to make sure that they happened outside,” Chang said.

Chang’s idea for the project dates back to her college days and an assignment she received studying poetry at the University of Chicago. Her task was simple: To go into the community and interact with strangers to find out where people in Chicago find poetry.

The answers she found were varied, with some people finding poems in magazines and songs while others had poems from their childhood ingrained in their memories. Yet what surprised Chang the most was the enthusiasm for poetry that she found.

“I remember being really shy and kind of jaded and angry as teenagers are, or at least I was, and being very scared by the project. And when I did it, I felt really energized and excited that everyone had some kind of curiosity or interest in poems,” she said.

Chang and her students aim to spur the same curiosity in GW students through Rent-a-Poet and other events like Donate-a-Word, in which students “donate” random words to a pile, which is later assembled into a massive poem by the class.

Sophomore poetry student Brendan Kiviat, who composed four of the poems for the Rent-a-Poet installment, sees the project as a way for students to gain perspective. When Kiviat is given a subject for a poem, the final product is usually something far different from what the student “customer” expects.

“People give you just some broad idea and you try to give them something back that’s even more than that. That’s a way for people to understand something that they had explained in a whole different way,” he said.

Chang agrees, calling her poetry class an “education in empathy.” But aside from letting students see other perspectives, Chang also finds value in the way poems add a different “rhythm” to our own lives.

“A line break stops a sentence before it can be finished, and that’s not the kind of time that we’re used to. It’s slower in many cases. So if you have a poem, if you run into a poem that we had stuck on a wall somewhere, and you read it, you are suddenly taken out of your busy schedule and you are forced to pay attention in a new way,” she said.

Chang and her students will also participate in Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day on April 24, a day on which the Academy of American Poets urges people to carry their favorite poem throughout the day and share it with those around them.

Throughout this month, the students will post their favorite poems daily on the GW English News blog, and continue to promote National Poetry Month through their class Twitter, titled ‘Random Acts of Poetry.’ And if Chang and her students can dream up any more ways to support poetry, they surely will.

“I feel that we have a responsibility to the history of poetry, to readers of poetry, and also just to our culture so that poems don’t get forgotten, and this is another way to share language and experiences with each other,” Chang said.

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Friday, April 18, 2014 12:16 p.m.

What We’re Watching: “Salem”

Hatchet reporter Eric Robinson shares his thoughts after attending a preview for the pilot episode of  WGN America’s new series “Salem.”

Shane West as “John Alden,” Seth Gabel as “Cotton Mather,” and Janet Montgomery as “Mary Sibley” in "Salem." Photo courtesy of WGN America.

Shane West as “John Alden,” Seth Gabel as “Cotton Mather,” and Janet Montgomery as “Mary Sibley” in “Salem.” Photo courtesy of WGN America.

Airtime: Sunday April 20, 9 p.m., WGN America
Names you’ll know: Janet Montgomery (The Human Target), Shane West (Nikita, ER)
Watch if you liked: ”American Horror Story”
2 out of 5 stars

Move over zombies and vampires: Witches are taking back television.

With the popularity of “American Horror Story: Coven,” which focused on a group of witches in New Orleans, it was almost inevitable that a show centering on the Salem witch trials would eventually hit sall screens.

Enter “Salem,” the new series on WGN America that mergers horror with history, though somewhat unsuccessfully.

Salem seems to have adopted some of the same storytelling tactics of “American Horror Story,” mainly the rapid storytelling peppered with insanely brutal events and little context or explanation. This is the pilot in a nutshell: undiluted violence mixed in with maniacal craziness.

But this new take on a witch-centered plotline also happens to be extremely boring.

“Salem” follows the exploits of war hero John Alden (West) and powerful witch Mary Sibley (Montgomery), two former lovers who are reunited in the town and attempt to deal with the various witch trials motivated by its puritanical population. Mary also plans to destroy the entire town through satanic means.

The show pushes a lot of content in the first episode, but gives no reason for viewers to become invested in the characters. Sloppy direction, bad writing, and even worse acting make this a slow plodding mess that is hilariously insane, but also boringly predictable.

None of this is more evident than the scene where John attempts to stop the execution of a man about to be crushed by rocks. The terrible camera work fails to create tension, the unconvincing performance by Shane West makes for some unintentionally hilarity, while the writing, which has John screaming, “You puritanical hypocrites!” at a large crowd, is both completely unsubtle and much to anachronistic for a historical drama.

With a premise like this and a seemingly high production value, the potential for exploring the social issues surrounding the Salem witch trials is immeasurable, with lots of juicy religious and gender topics that can be explored.

All of this potential is completely dashed away. The opening hints at these issues when a man and woman are beaten and branded for having sex. The very next scene then proceeds to toss these issues out the window in favor of a cliched and cheesy interaction that sets up the central romance between John and Mary.

“Salem” may be crazy, but it proceeds without any risks.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:23 p.m.

What We’re Watching: Top picks from FilmFest DC

This post was written by Hatchet reporters Carson Rolleri and Tim Palmieri.

Local theaters will host 71 films from dozens of foreign countries as part of FilmFest DC over the next few weeks. It might be tough to narrow your options, so we picked movies from two top categories, comedy and action, to help point you in the right direction.


Still from "We are the Nobles," the Hatchet's pick for comedy film. Photo courtesy of FilmFest DC.

Still from “We are the Nobles,” the Hatchet’s pick for comedy film. Photo courtesy of FilmFest DC.

“We Are the Nobles”

Country: Mexico

Director: Gary Alazrai

4 out of 5 stars

The film follows the lives of the wealthy, dysfunctional Noble family. There’s Javi (Luis Gerardo Mendez), who frustrates his father with his irresponsible business ventures, Barbara (Karla Souza), who shows a poor attitude and even poorer judgement of men, and Charlie (Juan Pablo Gil), who was recently expelled from college and has a preference for older women. Their millionaire father, German Noble (Gonzalo Vega), cuts them off from their inheritance and forces them to do the unthinkable: work.

While the film is predictable, quick humor and the flaws of the characters keep you emotionally invested until you see their well-earned transformations. The characters are hokey, but they don’t feel forced, and their evolutions are believable. The film tackles the complexities of family with ease, making it a feel-good film with a few laughs.

“The Mafia Bookkeeper”

Country: Italy

Director: Federico Rizzo

2 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel “Il Ragioniere della Mafia,” this modern, action-packed film follows Giuseppe (Lorenzo Flaherty), an Italian man who gets roped into the dealings of the mafia as a new bookkeeper. After he loses his job and most of his money gambling, he accepts an offer to join the mafia. Giuseppe adopts the name “Angelo Bianco” and passes a series of tests before his initiation, but hopes he can one day get out of the business. The hour-long whirlwind portrays the inner-workings of organized crime.

“The Mafia Bookkeeper” is nothing moviegoers haven’t seen before. The plot is exciting, but it’s often confusing, and the lack of emotional range from the characters highlights the overused and tired plot devices of any typical mafia movie. It’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” but with a more intricate storyline – without the charisma and engaging cast.



Still from “Cold Eyes,” the Hatchet’s pick for best action film. Photo courtesy of FilmFest DC.

“Cold Eyes”

Country: South Korea

Directors: Jo Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo

4 out of 5 stars

With realism and suspense as the backbone of “Cold Eyes,” the directors deliver a riveting story about a rookie detective trying to apprehend the mastermind behind an elaborate armed robbery. To solve the case, the protagonist has to overcome conflicts between her surveillance team’s rules and her own intuition.

The direction of the film is clear from the beginning. Well-executed pacing and parallels between the opening and the conclusion provide insight and significance to some of the film’s minor details, like detective Ha Yoon-joo’s induction test. This technique leads to memorable lines and scenes, especially those that focus on the team’s veteran leader, Hwang. The structure of the film enables audiences to systematically understand the plot as they grow with the rookie.

The film scraps high-tech gadgets and excessive fire fights in favor of sleepless research and stealth espionage. The rookie’s team uses codes and pre-planned routes to track and hunt down suspects. These realistic elements enhance the viewing experience and separate the film from the typical detective movie.

“Traffic Department”

Country: Poland

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski

2.5 out of 5 stars

Bribery, scandal and sex pervade “Traffic Department,” a story about corruption in the Polish police force. When an innocent sergeant is framed for murdering a man who was having an affair with his wife, the sergeant becomes a fugitive and must fight to prove his innocence.

The film is slow at first, but the second half picks up the pace. The film uses shots from surveillance cameras and cell phones, which create eye-catching scenes, but can be hard to follow. From the shady deals between officers to the sergeant’s pursuit of evidence, the acting is superb and may even convince you that some of the footage is real.

Despite the film’s imperfections, Smarzowski offers an important message about justice that leaves audiences satisfied – as long as they can make it to the end.

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Photo used under Wikimedia Commons license.

Want to meet piano rock singer-songwriter Ben Folds?

The “Ben Folds Five” frontman, who is on a solo tour across the U.S., will perform Friday at Lisner Auditorium. Students have a shot at winning free box seats for the concert and backstage passes.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $50.

Folds last performed at GW with Jason Mraz in 2009. Friday’s show is part of the #LisnerRocks series, which brought Elvis Costello to campus last November.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tatiana Cirisano.

It’s exciting to see that spring is finally here, but we all need a break from snapping Instagrams of cherry blossoms. This week, dodge the hordes of flower-enamored tourists in favor of these venues.

Feast on gourmet grilled cheese and wine at GCDC

Photo from the GCDC Facebook page

Photo from the GCDC Facebook page

Saturday’s National Grilled Cheese Day has come and gone, but with D.C.’s new gourmet grilled cheese joint, every day is a chance for celebration. Since GCDC’s April 11 opening, cheese-lovers have lined up to try unique flavor combinations like the District Cemita, with chorizo, avocado, and a spicy salsa on pain levain. By night, GCDC transforms into a classy wine-and-cheese bar, offering up cocktails, cheese plates, and savory bites.

Grilled Cheese D.C., 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, open 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Browse iconic snapshots at the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘American Cool’

National Portrait Gallery | Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

National Portrait Gallery | Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

With only a few weeks of classes remaining, now is the time to check out “American Cool” (or to return for one last look). The exhibit includes photographs of popular actors, political activists, writers and singers of the past century, each figure carefully chosen using a “historical rubric” of coolness. Photographs of pop culture icons like Jimi Hendrix, Hunter S. Thompson, and Madonna line the walls of the exhibit, arranged in order by generation to show the evolution of “cool” in American culture.

The National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Kill Paris & Candyland @ U Street Music Hall

Throw on some neon and pretend you’re at Coachella with back-to-back sets by DJs Kill Paris and Candyland, who will perform Thursday at D.C.’s U Street Music Hall. Candyland’s head-banging drops and heavy bass will combine with Kill Paris’ futuristic, funky beats for a match made in EDM heaven, bringing the best of both artists together for utter musical mayhem. Expect trippy visuals and erratic lightshows.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U Street NW, Thursday, April 17 at 10 p.m., tickets: $20

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Juliana Tamayo.

Photo courtesy of Anasse Bari.

Photo courtesy of Anasse Bari.

For years, computer science professor Anasse Bari watched hundreds of his students struggle to understand data analytics and statistics.

So when a representative from the publishing company that represents the best-selling “For Dummies” book series, Wiley & Sons, Inc., approached Bari last year to co-author a “how-to” guide on understanding statistical analyses, he jumped at the offer.

The book, “Predictive Analytics for Dummies,” now ranks fourth on the list of statistics e-books on Amazon.

In collaboration with 2005 alumnus Mohamed Chaouchi and software engineer Tommy Jung, Bari explains the complicated concepts of predictive analytics, which opens a door to see how data influences what products people buy and what political candidates they vote for.

“The book was written in a very easy to read way. We explained topics with examples when we felt it would be easier to understand,” Bari, an assistant visiting professor said. “For instance, in one chapter we explained a very popular data mining algorithm, named K-means, using a basket of fruits.”

The “For Dummies” series is one of the most recognized brands in the world, with over 200 million books in print and over 1,600 titles.

For Bari, writing a “how-to” book signified a new way to teach his specialty and relate to college students who often struggle with the material.

With a nod to the brand’s huge college-level readership, Bari and colleagues took the information they would normally include in a lecture and applied them to situations that college students and young professionals could understand and use in the business world.

This data is used across all business fields, from advertisement sales to fraud detection, and the GW School of Business is even starting a graduate program that includes predictive analytics.

“There is a huge appetite for this knowledge by engineering professionals and students. The job market demands it,” Bari said. “Because of the wide readership, a huge challenge that we faced was to be able to explain complex algorithms in a very simple manner. We certainly didn’t want our readers to fall asleep.”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Get off your bottom

The Rock and Roll Hotel has played host to bands including Naylor Court, a group that formed on GW’s campus.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Margaret Kahn. 

We’ve got one month left until finals take over and keep us on a route from dorm to Gelman to CVS (for requisite candy runs, obviously). Take advantage of your remaining free time and get off campus to attend any one of these rad events around the city.

Tango Classes at the Embassy of Argentina

I’m normally not a proponent of the #onlyatgw hashtag, but there’s no denying how cool it is that Colonials can learn to tango at the embassy of the country where the famous dance was born. This three-part series of free Wednesday evening classes is for total beginners with no previous exposure to tango. You’re only asked to dress comfortably and bring a partner and a passion for dance.

The Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Wild Child

Indie folk bands toe a fine line between dreamy nostalgia and over-the-top cutesiness. More often than not, Austin-based Wild Child comes out on the chill and comfortable side, with a seven-man lineup that includes banjo, violin, and cello. If you like soft and stripped-down harmonies between male and female vocalists (a la San Cisco, Metronome and Cults), this concert will wind down your week down nicely.

The Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE, Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m., tickets: $12

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

Blossoms are now “puffy white,” according to forecasts from the National Park Service – meaning they’ll be ready to bloom this weekend. After a far-too-prolonged winter, this stalwart of spring is just what D.C. residents need. If you don’t mind fighting your way through the hordes of tourists, join in the city’s famed celebration complete with floats, blossom-inspired decorations and marching bands from across the country. If the promise of nature’s beauty can’t attract you, keep in mind that childhood pop icon Aaron Carter will be performing.

Constitution Avenue, between 7th to 17th streets, NW, Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Monday, April 7, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Hip hop inspires collaborative wall mural

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Juliana Tamayo.

While last weekend was a kickoff to D.C.’s tourism season, miles away from the action stood the walls of an old, uninhabited alley behind a Big Lots store on Rhode Island Avenue brightened with colors, hip-hop and art.

Artists and musicians gathered all day Sunday to renovate the abandoned area and played with shades and shapes to the music of local DJs on Sunday for the “Fine Lines Mural Jam.”

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

The annual festival unites the four elements that hip-hop culture comprises: emcees, DJs, breakdancing and graffiti writing. Through ticketed and free performances, it brings the public an opportunity to discover the D.C hip-hop community.

This time, the beats of hip-hop were meant to inspire spontaneous graffiti artists to paint along a 990-foot wall.

Some images turned political, like the likeness of an older man holding a sign reading “all D.C. residents deserve the access to knowledge,” while others emphasized on the beauty of life, some with Hindu references and others using arrows and geometrical figures to create symmetrical figures.

“They had a mural going on here last year as well, we’re just finishing it off, everybody just walked around a chose their spot and we’ll see where it takes us,” Jordan Jackson a former Words, Beats and Life teacher and graffiti artist said.

Walls of colors, from orange, purple, black and red, stranded together to create a canvas of mixed feelings, reflecting what the event looked like with all sorts of people coming and going.

Performance artist Christine Walters painted a graffiti of a red heart on top of an explosion of warm colors, in the heart blossomed a silver tree. She along with others there, had never worked along with multiple artists in one same place, but hearing the music and watching others work inspired her final piece.

“As the DJ transitioned the music, the heart kind of formulated and the tree is just explosion and living,” she said.

Although most of the graffiti artists were performance artists and some professional artists, the walls were also open for any passerby who dared to take on the empty white wall and create a piece of their own art.

“We woke up, saw it was a beautiful day and just came to paint. I just painted what I thought was beautiful,” Marissa Miller, another impromptu artist, said.

While the smell of paint and spray cans wafted in the air, the crowds circled around a group of kids skating. They all wore bright colored t-shirts with the logo “Skate Tribe Girls” on them, a nonprofit for kids to learn how to put their energy into good use. They performed tricks to the beats of the DJ in charge for the afternoon.

“This is a graffiti exhibit, part of a hip-hop festival, we just try to show the good energies in music and art,” DJ Haze said. “It’s all about meeting new people and have everyone enjoy the lyrics and construction of art.”

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Skaters promo poster for the recent performance at SXSW. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

SKATERS’ promotional poster for the group’s recent performance at SXSW. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Margaret Kahn.

Anyone who listens to SKATERS’ first single, “I Wanna Dance (But Don’t Know How),” can’t help but head bang at least a little.

SKATERS, a four-man rock band trying to make it big, really will make you want to dance, even if you don’t know how. The group recently released their first full-length album, “Manhattan,” and while none of the band members are from the city, they’ve made it their adopted home with a series of tracks about life in the city. The Hatchet spoke with lead singer and songwriter Michael Cummings about having a love-hate relationship with the Big Apple, the band’s zine and why the guys aren’t like KISS (yet).

SKATERS will play at Rock & Roll Hotel this Saturday at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.

Where does your band’s attachment to New York City come from? Why make it the focus of your first album?

It wasn’t really like that. It’s just that’s how we all came together. We all met in the city, and that’s the reason the band started. We had all moved back, and the band started really quickly. Everything we wrote about, all the concepts, all the songs in the first record are about shit that happened to us in New York. It’s not really an obsession, it’s actually a love-hate relationship which you’ll hear in our record.

What was the message you wanted to get across with your first album?

We just wanted to make a record that people could put on at a party, you know what I mean? [One] that wasn’t too alienating, or too esoteric. It just kind of felt like it could be for anyone and you could play the whole thing start to finish. That was our only intention.

You’ve drawn many comparisons between yourselves and The Strokes. Can you name other musicians who have influenced you?

I think musically, it’s more like late 70s, post-punk stuff like The Ramones, Devo, Television-like, more thrashy stuff. Early Beastie Boys, Circle Jerks – stuff like that. People can compare us to whoever they want. The Strokes are good friends of ours and obviously a great band.

Tell me a bit about your opener Team Spirit. Why did you choose them?

We didn’t really know much about Team Spirit before this tour, and we just checked out their band and dug it and offered them the tour. They’re pretty crazy.

Sound-wise, they are similar enough, but the show makes sense for sure. All around it’s a pretty high-energy show.

What can concert-goers expect from your show?

It’s something you have to come create with us… we’re not like KISS, it’s not like a train is gonna come out of the wall like at an ACDC show. You gotta participate. It’s a crowd participation experience.

I saw that you guys have a zine called “YONKS.” What went into creating that?

We thought it was a good excuse to throw a party and build a community of people who we worked with already that were really talented but might not know each other. All these people who were doing all this artwork for us sometimes for free or really cheap, we had them all kind of submit some work. We didn’t really make money off it, we just do them all by hand and sell them at shows. If you’re into the art, you can buy it. If you’re not, whatever. We do it for the camaraderie of it, a bunch of our friends in one spot and all really talented artists. Even since the first [issue], a couple of them have kind of blown up.

This is your first big tour. How has it gone so far? What were some of your favorite venues?

This is our first full U.S. headlining tour. We had no clue what to expect from it. We were in San Francisco and it was maybe the rowdiest crowd I’ve ever seen. That was a real treat. It wasn’t the biggest crowd, and it just showed that a small crowd of kids can really make the show so much better if they give a shit. You can have the same amount of people in another room in a different city [with a] different attitude and the show can be stale. But those kids were true champions.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Chris Saccardo.

Graduate Student Shannon Mancus is one of four recipients of this years Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award.  Desiree Halpern | Senior Staff Photographer

Graduate Student Shannon Mancus is one of four recipients of this years Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award.
Desiree Halpern | Senior Staff Photographer

References to the Cold War in “Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark” may be lost on most viewers, but graduate student Shannon Mancus hopes to change that.

Mancus was one of four of recipients of this year’s GW’s Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award on Monday, which recognizes her extraordinary contribution to the education of students, both inside and outside the classroom.

Associate professor of American Studies Kip Kosek, who worked with Marcus when she was a teaching assistant for his Modern American Cultural History class last Spring, said her focus has been to create an intellectual cultural dialogue.

“She’s confident, but not overbearing. She leads the class but also lets a variety of voices be heard. She lets them develop their own voices,” Kosek said.

One way Mancus fosters her relationship with students is through the American Studies film club, which she helps lead weekly to lead students as they analyze the deeper meanings behind “Indiana Jones,” “Avatar” and other classic movies.

“We use some of the theoretical frames from American Studies, but also sometimes chat about what was ridiculous or fun,” Mancus said.

Her academic specialities range from American studies, the environmental movement and how media portrays these topics in current events.

Prior to her time at GW though, Mancus spent time on stage as an actress..

At the beginning of the Iraq War in 2002, Mancus was a house manager in New York City for “Nine Parts of Desire,” a play about Iraqi women.

Beyond entertainment, the theatre tried to educate audience members. Night after night, people would leave the production and read information on the Iraq War the house managers posted outside the theater, Mancus recalled.

“Strangers were actually talking to people about things that mattered,” she said.

The experience sparked Mancus’ interest in the influence of theatre, as well as other art forms and media platforms, on social change. Theorizing that there was a potential to leverage media to support issues like the environmental movement, Mancus enrolled at GW to study these connections. A show like “Whale Wars,” for instance, asks a viewer to do and feel different things than Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax.”

Mancus has delved into the intersection of media and the environmental movement, her dissertation focusing in how different genres of media have impacted environmental activism over the past two decades.

After serving as a teaching assistant for five classes, Mancus will finally teach her own course this fall. The class, Reading the Environment, will focus on examining the environmental movement through scholarly articles as a part of the American Studies program.

This post was updated on April 3, 2014 to reflect the following:

Correction appended

Due to a reporting error, The Hatchet reported that Mancus had found shows like “Whale Wars” to target an audience more prone to take action, while movies such as the Lorax targeted more passive fans. Mancus meant to imply the two shows simply ask people to do and feel different things. We regret this error.

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