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As art and political theorist Murray Edelman writes, "Art is the fountainhead from which political discourse, beliefs about politics, and consequent actions ultimately spring … Art should be recognized as a major and integral part of the transaction that engenders political behavior." The goal of the Arts and Advocacy Applied Minor is to deepen and enlarge students' ability to think about the relationship between art and political discourse. Students will deepen their ability to tell stories and practice the skills of moral imagination in the work of social justice. Students will practice skills in creative expression and show how they deploy these skills in social justice venues.


Jonathan Diskin
Professor of Economics; Co-Director of the Center of Social Justice

Lynne Perkins Socey
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Plan of Study


A total of five courses, including following course:

  • POLS 292 FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

and four of the following courses:

  • THEA 230 Applied Theatre: Acting
  • THEA 370 Directing
  • THEA 386 Devised Theatre
  • ENG 321 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 353 Topics in Peace and Justice
  • ENG 386 Reading and Writing Short Fiction
  • ENG 387 Reading and Writing Poetry
  • ART 235 Photography I
  • ART 335 Photography II
  • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics
  • Other courses to be considered by petition


Co-curricular Activity

Students shall complete one of the following co-curricular activities:

  • Forum Theatre Project - 20 hours or more
  • Story Collection and Sharing (Story Corps) - extension of Devised Theatre - 20 hours or more
  • Earlham Word Staff - 20 hours or more]
  • Model UN - 20 hours or more
  • 20 hours volunteering with an advocacy group
  • Other experiences to be considered by petition


Culminating Experience

  • A brief paper or guided responses (e.g. an artist’s statement about the intersection of arts and advocacy) OR
  • A portfolio of works or writing emphasizing the intersection of arts and advocacy
  • NOTE: Whichever option a student chooses, they will present their work in a forum such as InternFest or the Celebration of Learning. Students will refer to or demonstrate visual, performing or creative arts in this presentation. They will link this artistic expression to advocacy on a specific issue. The presentation will reflect on the impact of this use of the arts.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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