2017 Schedule

Please note the following:

– specific details of this schedule may change between now and the start of the institute;

– reading should be done for the day on which it will be discussed;

– it is expected that summer scholars will attend all of the events listed below.


greensquare  DAY ONE

Sunday, June 25: Welcome

5:00 pm: Welcome reception at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose

6:00 pm: Dinner with Ping Chong, institute director Dr. Matthew Spangler, institute resident faculty Dr. Glen Gendzel and Sara Zatz, institute Admin Maria Judnick, and summer scholars in San Jose


greensquare  DAY TWO

Monday, June 26: Documentary Theatre and the Adaptation & Performance of Literature

9:00 am: The History of Documentary Theatre, David Kahn (institute co-director and Professor and Chair of the Radio, TV, Film, and Theatre Arts Department, San José State University)

  • Primary Reading: Ping Chong, Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives, Real Theatre (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012).
  • Supplementary Reading: Ping Chong, Chinoiserie in The East West Quartet (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2004).
  • Supplementary Reading:David Kahn, Everyone Gets an American Flag, performance presented at San José State University, 2010.
  • Supplementary Reading:Alison Forsyth and Chris Megson (eds.), Get Real: Documentary Theatre Past and Present (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • Supplementary Reading:Will Hammond and Dan Steward (eds.), Verbatim: Techniques in Contemporary Documentary Theatre (London: Oberon Books, 2008).
  • Supplementary Reading: Carol Martin (ed.), Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage(New York: Palgrave, 2010).

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Documentary Theatre Discussion with Ping Chong (Obie Award Winner and National Medal of the Arts Recipient)

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:15 pm: Documentary Theatre Workshop with Ping Chong

3:00 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Session continues

5:30 pm: Break

7:00 pm: Performance of Jasmin Darznik’s short story “Masquerade.”  Discussion led by Dr. Persis Karim (Professor of English, San José State University)

  • Primary Reading: Together Tea stage script


greensquare  DAY THREE

Tuesday, June 27: Representing Family and Gender: Father / Son Relationship within an Afghan Refugee Experience

9:00 am: Discussion of The Kite Runner novel and play with Khaled Hosseini and Dr. Spangler

  • Primary Reading: Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner (New York: Riverhead Books, 2003) and Matthew Spangler, The Kite Runner (London: Bloomsbury, 2016).
  • Primary Reading: San José Repertory Theatre,The Kite Runner Study Guide.
  • Supplementary Reading: Tamim Ansary, West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002).
  • Supplementary Reading: Angelo Rasanayagam, “The Descent into Civil War and Anarchy” and “The Disintegration of the State” in Afghanistan: A Modern History (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2005).

10:30 am: Break

10:45 Session continues

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Techniques for Adapting Literary Texts for Classroom and Professional Performance, group discussion with Dr. Matthew Spangler (institute co-director and Professor of Performance Studies, San José State University)

  • Primary Reading: Selections from Robert Breen’s Chamber Theatre

3:30 pm: Break

3:45 pm: Generating Performance from Personal Memories, Sara Zatz (institute resident faculty and Associate Director Ping Chong + Company)

5:15 pm: Break

Evening Free


greensquare  DAY FOUR

Wednesday, June 28: Immigration in California History, Starting with the Spanish Missions

8:00 am: Bus trip to San Juan Bautista

9:30 am: “An Overview of California Immigration History” group discussion with Dr. Glen Gendzel (resident faculty member and Professor of History, San José State University)

  • Primary Reading: Omar Valerio-Jimenez “Race and Immigration in the Nineteenth Century”
  • Primary Reading: Kevin Allen Leonard “Making Multiculturalism: Immigration, Race, and the Twentieth Century”
  • Primary Reading: Bill Ong Hing “Immigration and Race in the Twenty First Century.” All three readings from A Companion to California History.

10:30 am: Tour of San Juan Bautista Mission

12:00 Lunch in San Juan Bautista Historic District

1:00 pm: “The History of El Teatro Campesino,” group discussion with Luis Valdez (Founder of El Teatro Campesino)

  • Primary Reading: Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit (Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1992).
  • Supplementary Reading: Harry Elam, Taking it to the Streets: The Theatre of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2001).

2:00 pm: Break

2:30 pm: Documentary Theatre Colloquium led by Luis Valdez and Kinan Valdez (Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino)

4:30 pm: Break

5:00 pm: Return to San José


greensquare  DAY FIVE

Thursday, June 29: Immigration from Asia to California since 1850

9:00 am: “The Making of Asian America,” group discussion with Dr. Erika Lee (Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration Research Center, University of Minnesota.)

Primary Reading:  From Erika Lee’s The Making of Asian America: A History (New

York: Simon & Schuster, 2015):

“Chinese Immigration in Search of Gold Mountain” (Chapter Three)

“‘The Chinese Must Go!’: The Anti-Chinese Movement” (Chapter Four)

“Making a New Asian American Through Immigration and Activism” (Chapter Thirteen)

“In Search of Refuge: Southeast Asians in the United States” (Chapter Fourteen)

“The ‘Rise of Asian Americans’? Myths and Realities” (Chapter Seventeen)

“Epilogue: Redefining Americ in the Twenty-first Century”

  • Secondary Reading: Donna Gabaccia, “Nations of Immigrants: Do Words Matter,” The Pluralist  5, no. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 5-31.

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Representing Family and Gender: Mother / Daughter Relationship within a Chinese Immigration Experience

The Woman Warrior, group discussion with Maxine Hong Kingston (Recipient of the National Book Award, National Medal of the Arts, and Emeritus Faculty in English at UC Berkeley)

  • Primary Reading: Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (New York: Vintage International Edition, 1998).

1 pm: Lunch

2:30 pm: Discussion of Woman Warrior and Zoot Suit with Dr. Persis Karim; Optional Performance Session with Dr. Spangler

4:00 pm: Break for the day


greensquare  DAY SIX

Friday, June 30: Performing History: The Representation of Asian Immigrants to California through Poetry and Historical Remembrance, Angel Island 1910-1940

7:00 am: Bus journey from San José to Angel Island with stop at the Golden Gate Bridge

10:00 am: Ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island

11:00 am: The Angel Island through Poetry and Historical Remembrance, group discussion with Judy Yung (National Book Award Winner and Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz)

  • Primary Reading: Judy Yung,Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940 (University of Washington Press, 2014). Second edition.
  • Primary Reading: Judy Yung, “‘A Bowlful of Tears’ Revisited: The Full Story of Lee Puey You’s Immigration Experience at Angel Island.”  Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1 (2004), pp. 1-22.
  • Primary Reading: “The Life and Business of the Immigration Station” (chapter 1) and “Chinese Immigration” (chapter 2) in Erika Lee and Judy Yung, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Supplementary Reading: Roger Daniels, “No Lamps Were Lit for Them: Angel Island and the Historiography of Asian American Immigration,” Journal of American Ethnic History, vol. 17, no. 1 (Fall 1997), pp. 3-18.
  • Supplementary Reading: Judy Yung, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995).
  • Supplementary Reading: Judy Yung, Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006).

12:00 noon: Lunch

1:00 pm: Tour of Angel Island with Dr. Judy Yung (National Book Award Winner and Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz)

3:30 pm: Ferry from Angel Island to Tiburon

4:30 pm: Bus to hotel in San Francisco

Optional: After we check into the hotel, Dr. Glen Gendzel will lead a walking tour of San Francisco’s Mission District murals.  Participants will explore the vibrant Latino presence in the heart of the city.  Mexican dinner in the Mission District will follow.

Evening Free


greensquare  DAY SEVEN

Saturday, July 1: Living History: A Walking Tour of Immigrant San Francisco, 1848 to the Present Day

10:00 am: Walking tour of immigration-specific historic sites in San Francisco with Dr. Glen Gendzel.

We will walk straight out of our hotel to explore San Francisco’s history of Irish and Jewish immigration in the Gold Rush and after.  We will also remember the 1906 earthquake and fire, when most of San Francisco was destroyed.  Participants will see South of Market, St. Patrick’s Church, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall, the Old Mint, Market Street, Halladie Plaza, Powell Street cable cars, the Flood Building, and the Theater District.

12:30 pm: Lunch around the Union Square shopping district.

Optional: After lunch, Dr. Gendzel will lead an extended walking tour of more immigration-related historic sites in San Francisco.  We will explore Union Square, the Financial District, Chinatown, and North Beach.  Highlights include the St. Francis Hotel, the Dewey Column, Maiden Lane, Lotta’s Fountain, Newspaper Corner, the Palace Hotel, the Admission Day Monument, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chinatown alleys, a fortune cookie factory, a former Chinese mission, Portsmouth Square, the Transamerica Pyramid, Columbus Avenue, the International Hotel, the Barbary Coast, and Beatnik sites.  The tour ends at the famous City Lights Bookstore, still owned by the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Primary Reading: Lysley Tenorio, “Remember the I-Hotel”

5:00 pm: Dinner at Firenze By Night in North Beach, San Francisco. Even if you sit out the optional afternoon walking tour, it would be great to join the group for dinner.

7:30 pm: Performance of Elmaz Abinadar’s When You Forget Your Hometown at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Royce Gallery.


greensquare  DAY EIGHT

Sunday, July 2: Free Day


greensquare  DAY NINE

Monday, July 3: Representing Family and Gender: Dynamics within a Vietnamese Refugee Experience

9:00 am: “The History of Vietnamese Immigration to California,” Dr. Glen Gendzel.

10:00 am: Discussion of Vietnamese immigration to California with Andrew Lam (PEN Open Book Award Winner and Visiting Faculty in Creative Writing at San José State University)

  • Primary Reading: Andrew Lam, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora(Berkeley: Heyday Press, 2005).

11:00 am: Break

11:15 am: Session resumes with Andrew Lam

12:00 noon: Lunch

1:30 pm: Performing History: Making Theatre about Immigration from Historical Documents and Interviews

“Making Documentary Theatre from Interviews,” Sara Zatz

  • Primary Reading: Ping Chong, Undesirable Elements (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2012).

Undesirable Elements is an ongoing series of community-specific oral history theatre performances by playwright and director Ping Chong examining the lives of people born in one culture but currently living in another, either by choice or by circumstance.  For more information, see: http://www.undesirableelements.org/pages/about-undesirable-elements.html.

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Documentary Theatre Workshop with Zatz

5:15 pm Break

Evening Free


greensquare  DAY TEN

Tuesday, July 4: Constructing and Shifting Borders: The History of Mexican Immimgration to California

9:00 am: “The History of Mexican Immigration to California,” Dr. Glen Gendzel.

  • Primary Reading:  Kelly Hernandez, “Mexican Immigration to the United States,” Magazine of History 4 (2009): 25-31.
  • Primary Reading: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Mexican Immigration to the United States, 1900 – 1999: A Unit of Study for Grades 7-12(The National Center for History in the Schools, Fall 2002).

10:00 am: Discussion of Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles with Luis Alfaro and playwriting workshop

  • Primary Reading: Luis Alfaro Bruja

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Small group discussions and performances of Francisco Jiménez’s The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child, led by Spangler, Gendzel, and Zatz

  • Primary Reading: Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997).

3:00 pm “Making Documentary Theatre from Interviews,” Sara Zatz, continued from Monday

5:00 pm Optional Walking Tour of Mexican Immigrant Heritage Cites in Downtown San Jose


greensquare  DAY ELEVEN

Wednesday, July 5: Constructing and Shifting Borders: Performing California’s Prop 187 and Undocumented Migrants 

9:00 am: “Immigration in 1990s California,” Dr. Glen Gendzel

  • Primary Reading:  Glen Gendzel,“Tortilla Curtain and California’s Nativist Heritage,” Text and Performance Quarterly 2 (2013): 175-183.
  • Primary Reading: Matthew Spangler, “Adapting T.C. Boyle’s Novel The Tortilla Curtain,” Text and Performance Quarterly 2 (2013): 151-167.

9:30 am: T.C. Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain, group discussion of the novel and stage play with Dr. Matthew Spangler

  • Primary Reading: Matthew Spangler, Tortilla Curtain (play)

10:15 am Break

10:30 am: “Immigration Law as it Pertains to Undocumented Migrants and Refugees,” Noah Novogrodsky (Co-Director, Center for International Human Rights Law & Advocacy Professor of Law, University of Wyoming)

12:30 Lunch

1:30 pm: Elaboration on Institute’s three themes: shifting borders, performing history, and performing family and gender dynamics.

1:30 pm: Group Work: Devising and Editing a Script

3:30 pm: Group work: Development of Performances

Evening Free


greensquare  DAY TWELVE

Thursday, July 6: 

9:00 am: Open work session: rehearse, revise, and meet with facilitators (Spangler, Zatz, and Gendzel) for feedback

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Open work session: Groups rehearse/revise and meet with facilitators (Spangler, Zatz, and Gendzel) for feedback

5:30 pm: Dinner


greensquare  DAY THIRTEEN

Friday, July 7: Workshop Performance Based on the Adaptation of Literary Texts, Historical Documents, and Interviews about Immigration Experiences in California

9:00 am: Open work session: rehearse, revise, and meet with facilitators (Spangler, Zatz, and Gendzel) for feedback

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Open work session: Groups rehearse/revise and meet with facilitators (Spangler, Zatz, and Gendzel) for feedback

5:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Workshop Performance.  Hal Todd Theatre, San José State University.


greensquare  DAY FOURTEEN

Saturday, July 8: Summer Scholars’ Presentations

9:00 am: Open “office hours” for summer scholars to meet with Spangler, Gendzel, and Zatz to discuss their implementation plans.

10:30 am: Break

10:45 am: Discussion of Previous Night’s Performance

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Summer scholars’ presentations of implementation plans and feedback from Spangler, Gendzel, and Zatz:

(1) a classroom lesson plan on a topic related to immigration, or

(2) an outline or script for a documentary theatre performance that could be implemented in an educational or professional setting.

4:00 pm: Break

6:00 pm: Farewell dinner at Vung Tau restaurant in San José



By August 1 summer scholars will be expected to send in their revised implementation plans to be included on the institute website.