Civic Engagement as Empowerment: Theater, Public Art, and Spoken Word as Roads to Activism

  • Kay SieblerEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter discusses the use of student-authored or previously published poetry and theater to engage students in feminist political and social activisms. The border-crossing of academic work/research with public performance allows for student empowerment and civic engagement. Performance becomes a way students participate in political conversation and feminist action. Moreover, performance venues give voice to traditionally marginalized students, crosses borders between identities and communities, and create a sense of agency and empowerment—especially for female and other traditionally marginalized people—that is often difficult to achieve in more traditional curriculum.


Feminist pedagogy Cross-disciplinary Civic engagement Political activism Service learning 


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  1. 1.Missouri Western State UniversitySt. JosephUSA

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