The year is 1848 and a hydra is roaming the grounds of Sonoma State University. "It's a wonderful beast, kind of a dragon with 10 heads," says coordinator Christine Renaudin of the Second Year Research and Creative Experience class, or SYRCE (pronounced "seer-say").
Indeed, the course is multi-headed, with many disciplines hosting a "273" course number: American multi-cultural studies, art, Chicano and Latino studies, communications, English, modern languages and literature, music, philosophy and theater arts and dance. The theme this year is a "time machine" set to 1848: students are charged with presenting an aspect of 1848 life, whether that be in the arts, culture or another facet.
The variety of projects the idea has spawned is impressive: a life-sized recreation of Thoreau's cabin; paintings; networked text installations; tri-fold posters; presentations; performances; and even a short play are some of the results. The symposium is open to the public in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.