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The Politics of Performance and the Black Lives Matter Movement
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When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
12:00 pm CDT | 1:00 pm EDT

Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $35

This webinar explores performance as a mode of expression, a method of critical engagement, and a means of enacting social change.

We begin by discussing the theoretical scholarship that identifies the intimate connection that exists between politics and performance. Placing theories of the body at the center of our discussion, we will analyze how performance operates on the level of the personal and political.

Following this discussion, we will explain how those theories translate into practices of social change by paying particular attention to the Black Lives Matter Movement. Identifying how performance functions as a political tool, we will discuss: 1) how the Black Lives Matter Movement enacts social change by mobilizing the power of politics through the aesthetics of theatrical performance, and 2) how the classroom can operate as a site where performance pedagogy is employed to encourage students to become agents of social change.

By the end of the webinar, you will be able to utilize performance, in both theory and practice, as a tool of social engagement.

About the Presenter, Kashif Powell

Kashif Powell is a Los Angeles-based actor, visual artist, and scholar. He received his PhD in Performance Studies and Critical Race Theory from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the core of Kashif’s scholarship and artistic work is the belief that understanding performance in theory is necessarily incomplete without practice—the intimate knowledge of how one’s body, voice, and emotion work in concert to tap into an imaginative field that effectively creates new ways of embracing the world. Through the mediums of theatre, art practice, and scholarship, Kashif seeks to imagine alternative futures of blackness—futures in which black lives are lived fully and deeply.

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