Normally offered each academic year: A study of two societies (Spain and Argentina) at a critical moment in their histories. With theoretical readings from an array of disciplines such as the political sciences, history, theater and art, we examine at least two different responses to these societies’ respectively traumatic transitions from dictatorship to “democracy.” Through dramatic texts that vary from tragedy to farce, and with the help of films, documentaries, diaries, journal articles, correspondence and graphic art, we discuss repression, state-terrorism, censorship, corruption and the reciprocal roles of victim and oppressor. The class includes training in methodologies of acting, and at the end of the course, scenes from these texts are staged in Spanish. One of the goals of this course is to develop the ability to speak in Spanish before an audience. No previous acting experience required. Enrollment limited to 14.