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Re: [xmca] Re: Events: Assistance requested

This is all very helpful. I recommend that stanford encyclopedia entry for
a way to think about the
span of levels and range of phenomena to which we apply the term, event.

Note that in Pepper's "world hypotheses" view, "the event" is the unit of
analysis of contextualism.


On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM, Helena Worthen <helenaworthen@gmail.com>wrote:

> Mike-
> One form of "event planning," which I assume includes everything from
> kid's birthday parties to a ride at Disneyland to political conventions,
> is theater production. From the job description point of view, the person
> listed as "producer" for a play is responsible for everything from raising
> the money, writing the budget, choosing the play and publicizing it,
> hiring the director and other technical staff and shaping how it is
> interpreted by the media and finally deciding when it closes and paying
> off (or apologizing) to the investors. As Jim Mackenzie, who was Producer
> at ACT in San Francisco once said, "Sometimes all you have to do is say
> 'Let's do it' and sometimes you're sewing on the zippers."
> When I googled "theater production", however, I saw that theater
> departments who teach production focus on what goes on backstage --
> costumes, wigs, makeup, set design, lighting. That's much narrower than
> what a producer does. No useful book showed up.
> Nonetheless, theater might be a good way to talk about event planning
> because of a key feature of  both: they are both bounded by the audience's
> or the participant's, encounter with them. They require taking the
> audience's perspective from the first awareness (pre-publicity) all the
> way through to the memory of the event.
> I found this perspective useful when producing the annual conferences for
> labor educators, which were very successful and drew increasing numbers of
> participants over the four years I was doing it.
> Helena Worthen
> On 2/12/13 3:57 PM, "mike cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
> >Ah! Well, I started to send this note to all of you, then decided to send
> >to daughter, but ended up sending to all of you after all, so here is the
> >problem. Delete if this is an intrusion on your time.
> >
> >I am teaching a class where students are interest in an activity called
> >"event planning" for which people are sometime paid enough to make a
> >living. The difficulty is that the students do not
> >appear to have been taught anything they can remember about
> >events and this is a senior class. So I am doing some digging with them,
> >and now with you.
> >
> >The dictionary is of limited use:
> >* *
> >*a. * Something that takes place; an occurrence.
> >*b. * A significant occurrence or happening. See Synonyms at
> >occurrence<http://www.thefreedictionary.com/occurrence>
> >.
> >*c. * A social gathering or activity.
> >
> >
> >A philosophical dictionary lays out the problem territory in greater
> >detail: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/events/#EveVsObj
> >
> >For events of type c, which the students are most concerned with of
> >course,
> >my thought was to turn to the work of Turner, Goffman..... but I cannot
> >use
> >an entire book.
> >
> >I would appreciate suggestions for sources that would help me and my
> >students to think about events, especially as they relate
> >to a process called communication.
> >
> >mike
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