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Theatre and Dance Professors Use Art for Flood Research

Theatre and Dance faculty Peter Duffy, Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis were awarded a grant for research on October's catastrophic flooding in SC.

Associate Professor Peter Duffy and Assistant Professors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis are part of a team leading a project entitled Creative Responsiveness: Connecting Stories of Resiliency in Crisis.   The project is part of the University's 2015 SC Floods Research Initiative, which is described as an "opportunity for USC faculty to help our neighbors around the state through research, and examine all aspects of community resilience, including the immediate and long-term impacts on both natural ecosystems and human communities."  The initiative is supported by the Office of the Vice-President for Research.

Duffy, listed as Principal Investigator on the project, says, "We're exploring the idea of resiliency in times of crisis, asking what people in communities need in order to feel like they are resilient, and do those feelings of resiliency change across lines of class, geography, gender..." says Duffy.  "What can we do as a community to make sure that everyone has the same capacity?"

Duffy says the project will feature three components.  Kathleen Robbins, an Associate Professor of photography in the School of Art, is leading a Photo/Voice project that will allow participants from the community to tell their individual experience of the flood through photography.  Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis are developing a dance work which will use movement and imagery to tell the story of the flood and its impact on citizens.  Duffy is heading up a component which will utilize community interviews to devise a short monologue-based theatrical work.

There will be a sharing of the project's work-in-process in April 2016.