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Manchester program uses ‘acting the change’ game to examine, inspire social change

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Members of the public are invited to join Manchester University students in an interactive exercise focused on finding solutions to major social issues in the world today.

“Acting the Change through Theatre of the Oppressed” is a program that starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center. It is free, and no registration is required.

Elton SkendajAssociate Professor Elton Skendaj and trained peace studies students will guide participants in a learning game in which they are presented with a case of social injustice and then try out various solutions until they agree on what should be done.

The situations are presented as “image theater,” which Skendaj describes as the simplest form of theater. Participants create a frozen picture with their bodies to illustrate their message and facilitate discussion.

“This exercise emphasizes creativity, empathy and multiple solutions to social problems,” he said. It allows participants to “ultimately see themselves as agents of change.”

The University is home to the world's first undergraduate peace studies program and is currently building the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center that will become a regional focal point for discussions about diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and civil discourse.

This presentation is part of MU’s Values, Ideas and the Arts series, which offers cultural intellectual and artistic enrichment to students.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

March 2018

Prepared with assistance by Evan Harris, student assistant in the Office of Strategic Communications.