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2021 Spring


Tony Ozuna
For information about registration please contact our admissions.

This course is an introduction to cultural journalism and reporting, by taking advantage of the rich cultural life of Prague. While there will be a focus on the contemporary art and music scenes, students will also be able to explore the literary and theatre scenes, as well as take advantage of the numerous festivals in the city, particularly for feature and documentary films. An understanding and appreciation of the role of cultural organizations and institutions will be emphasized, and so students will also be given the opportunity to meet with representatives of cultural organizations, as well as artists, musicians, directors, writers and publishers. Field trips to galleries, exhibits and other cultural events in Prague will be an integral component of the course. This activity will be combined with discussions of assigned readings from seminal to contemporary cultural critics and journalists.The primary medium for publishing the best work in this class will be the AAU student newspaper At the Lennon Wall; however, students may also have the opportunity to publish in other online or print publications based in Prague, and beyond. This course, however, is also welcome to students who simply want to learn about the world of cultural journalism.

Here is the course outline:

1. What is Cultural Journalism?

Feb 10

Who is good at it? Cultural journalists vs. entertainment news. Site Visit: Virtual Tour TBA (National Gallery of Prague—Mikulas Medek) or other....students should also watch a few documentary films about Prague’s cultural history and its uniqueness

2. Historical exhibition

Feb 17

Topic: Crash course in journalistic writing vs. academic essays Review of the inverted pyramid and the 5 W’s for journalists Site Visit: Virtual Tour (iMucha) Reading (on NEO resources): Power-point handout (by CP Bowen)

3. The Czech Avant Garde

Feb 24

Topic: The Czech Avant Garde Devetsil (avant garde Czech movement in the interwar era) Site Visit: Virtual tour of Devetsil exhibit at House of the Stone Bell

4. Contemporary art scene

Mar 3

Topic: Explore the local scene— Contemporary Art Description: Czech and international art scene in local exhibitions Site visit: “Compassion Fatigue is Over” Galerie Rudolfinum

5. Contemporary art scene pt. 2

Mar 10

Topic: Explore the local scene— Contemporary Art part II Description: Czech art scene in local exhibitions Site visit: “Vanitas” Dox Centre for Contemporary Art

6. Czech history - The Holocaust

Mar 17

Topic: Explore the local scene—Walks through history Description: Exhibition No Night So Dark Site visit: Virtual tour led by curator and journalist David Vaughan

7. Music Journalism

Mar 24

Site visits: Czech Music Museum for the exhibit "Animals' Music"

8. Music Journalism pt. 2

Mar 31

Guest music artist or contemporary sound & visual artist Site Visit: TBA

9. Mid-Term break

Apr 7

Topic: There is no meeting on this date due to a Midterm Break

10. Mysterious Prague - Living room concert series with Libor Smoldas

Apr 14

Topic: continuation of music with special guest Libor Smoldas Description: Exploring the hidden gems of Prague Site Visit: “The Mysterious Cabinet of Professor Benes” at the Museum Montanelli (postponed till May)

11. Film Reviews - film critics & films in historical contexts

Apr 21

Topic: Film Review-Film reviews in historical contexts Description: Czech film history/appreciation Site visit: NaFilm, exhibition dedicated to Czech & international film history

12. The Illusion Museum

Apr 28, Old Town Square

Topic: Students will visit the Illusion Museum on this date

13. Week 13-Virtual Options

May 5

Topic: Virtual Options for the End of the Semester The One World International Documentary Film Festival The Prague Spring International Music Festival

14. Summarizing Prague's Cultural Scene

May 12

Topic: Summarizing Prague’s Cultural Scene Description: Final excursion, visiting sites for the final article/assignment

15. Wrap-up.

May 19

Last group meeting, and time for last minute consultations.

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