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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Christine Iaderosa
Doctor of Philosophy
Title: The Sins of Kalamazoo, a Full-length Play Based on the Works of Carl Sandburg
Dr. Steve Feffer, Chair
Dr. Arnie Johnston
Dr. Joan Herrington
Dr. Katherine Joslin
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
211 W. Walwood Hall, Emeriti Lounge
The Sins of Kalamazoo, a creative work, is a full-length play adapted from the poem of the same name and other works by Carl Sandburg. This play follows a nonlinear storyline based on images suggested by Sandburg’s poem as well as portions of the city of Kalamazoo’s history.
“The Sins of Kalamazoo,” poses the question: “I hear America, I hear, what do I hear?” America’s national narrative is made up of both the shining promise of the future and of the recognition of the decay as its cultural identity becomes fragmented through time. The theatre provides an exceptional cultural space for re-examining America’s perceived identity through interpretation of its past, which may help to answer the question “what do I hear?” This play combines the unique shared temporal space of theatre to examine moments in American history. The play is concerned with illustrating how the re-presentation on the stage of events and images from America’s past, firmly embedded in the national narrative, can aid in informing and reforming the cultural identity forged through the collective memory of the audience.