In December 2021, I received a $3,600 award from the Creative Campus Initiative (CCI) committee to support two artists engaging with a new course to be offered soon. Titled, “Reenacting Justice: Documentary Theater Workshop on U.S. Guns and Gun Violence,” the course will be co-hosted by the Theater Department and co-taught with Prof. Ron Jenkins (Theater). The course will combine oral history and documentary performance in a laboratory/workshop format, and will experiment with re-enactments of relevant court transcripts and contemporary and historic testimonies related to guns and gun violence in America, considering especially the impact of guns on communities of color, women, and children. The course will lead to a public performance.
Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.