Commonwealth Speakers:Key to Presentations
Audience participation is an important part of Paula Purnell's Homemade Music in Pennsylvania.
Commonwealth Speaker presentations vary widely in terms of topic and format. When reviewing the presentations, we encourage you to use this handy key to guide you to the presentation format that best suits your audience.
Family/Younger Audiences Presentations
PHC is committed to providing innovative formats that appeal to both children and adults. A number of our presentations provide experiences that offer entertainment and insight that can be enjoyed by all—from children and their caregivers, to teenagers, to grandparents. Look for F, which indicates presentations specifically designed to have a wide generational appeal.
- In Anasi the Spider: The Dancing Griot, Tracie Yorke uses movement, song and dance to take families into a magical world of the master storyteller and eight-legged folk hero.
Hands-on/Active Participation Presentations
While all presentations offered are participatory through a Q&A session or discussion period, some of these programs feature enhanced audience participation. One of the best ways to learn is to take part, and we are proud that a number of presentations offer audiences opportunities to engage the humanities in a new way. Through enhanced participation, audiences will be able to broaden their understanding of history, artistic and critical expression. Look for H, which indicates presentations that offer opportunities for hands-on or active participation.
- Performer and educator Paula Purnell share songs from Pennsylvania's past using a host of homemade instruments. Audience members are invited play along in Homemade Music in Pennsylvania.
Lecture & Performance Presentations
Lecture presentations are designated with L.
- Playwright and scholar Warren Hoffman examines the evolution of a true American art form in Key Moments in American Musical Theatre History.
Performance presentations are designated with P.
- Millicent Sparks offers a living history performance of a 19th century icon in The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience.
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