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Merging Performance
and Social Justice
Brontë Velez spent her junior year in two study abroad programs, first in the Czech Republic, where she learned how
Vaclav Havel's writings and plays helped destroy Communist rule in the late 1980s. For the spring 2015 semester,
she was part of the first group of students to take part
in "Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating
Globally," a joint project between Ecuador's Universidad
San Francisco de Quito and Butler University's Institute
for Study Abroad. The community-based program offers
classes in theatre, storytelling, and fair trade education.
Velez, whose diverse interests include multimedia and
performance art, global and African history, gender studies, environmental justice, and sustainable development,
was particularly interested in the fair trade component
of the program.
"I'm fascinated by the intersection of art and social justice, and studying abroad was something I knew I needed
to do to get as broad a picture as possible," she says. "In so
many ways in this country, we come in as a colonial presence and try to impose things on people and groups, and I
wanted to see how theatre could be used in a different way."
Daniel Bryan, a U.S.-trained actor who cofounded the
Rehearsing Change study abroad program in Ecuador and
serves as its resident director, says the purpose is to unite
U.S. and international students so they can work together
on common issues, many of them involving social justice.

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"International students serve as not just a sounding
board from abroad. They represent what basically the
world has become," Bryan says. "They represent a connection to this globalized society, and through this visceral
real-life process, you can feel that connection between the
local community and global community."
Students can often gain a broader understanding of
social justice when they see issues that are similar to the
ones they face at home played out in a different place,
with different laws and context, Bryan says. One cited
frequently is Theatre of the Oppressed, a form that the
Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first developed
in the 1960s to promote social and political change. In the
Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active
by exploring, showing, analyzing, and transforming the
reality in which they are living.

"International students
serve as not just a
sounding board from abroad.
They represent what basically
the world has become."

PACHAYSANA INSTITUTE

Students
participating
"Rehearsing
Change:
Empowering
Locally,
Educating
Globally," a joint
project between
Ecuador's
Universidad San
Francisco de
Quito and Butler
University.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - From the Editor
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Voices
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International Educator - November/December 2016 - Act Globally
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