Performances

Fall Quarter

Professional Development Workshop: CV/Cover Letter
Wednesday, October 1st, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Wallace Bacon Annual Lecture: Daphne Brooks
Wednesday, October 22nd, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio
Daphne A. Brooks is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent:  Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP), winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005).  Brooks is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).  She has authored numerous articles on race, gender, performance and popular music culture such as “Sister, Can You Line It Out?:  Zora Neale Hurston & the Sound of Angular Black Womanhood” in Amerikastudien/American Studies, “‘Puzzling the Intervals’: Blind Tom and the Poetics of the Sonic Slave Narrative” in The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative, “Nina Simone’s Triple Play” in Callaloo and “‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’: Surrogation & Black Female Soul Singing in the Age of Catastrophe” in Meridians. Free admission.

Black Arts Initiative Brown Bag Fridays: Prof. Ivy Wilson
Friday, October 24th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio
Ivy Wilson teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture. His forthcoming book, Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism (Oxford UP), interrogates how the figurations and tropes of blackness were used to produce the social equations that regulated the cultural meanings of U.S. citizenship and traces how African American intellectuals manipulated the field of aesthetics as a means to enter into political discourse about the forms of subjectivity and national belonging. Along with recent articles in ESQArizona Quarterly, andPMLA, his other work in U.S. literary studies includes two forthcoming edited books on the nineteenth-century poets James Monroe Whitfield and Albery Allson Whitman. His current research interests focus on the solubility of nationalism in relationship to theories of the diaspora, global economies of culture, and circuits of the super-national and sub-national.  Free admission.

Professional Development Workshop: Mock Interviews
Monday, November 3rd, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio, AMS 110, and other spaces

Performance Studies Capstone: The Remnant of Content (An Oral History of the London Pigeon Wars As Told by Ravenscourt, A Pigeon)
Friday, November 7th, 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 8th, 8 p.m.
An adaptation of a thread of Patrick Neate's novel The London Pigeon Wars, The Remnant of Content is an evening of storytelling; settling us  with  Ravenscourt the pigeon as he reconstructs the strange events that caused the sudden sentience of London's pigeons and the war that arose from it while desperately trying to keep hold of his own unraveling consciousness and solve the mystery of "Mishap", the man at the heart of it all. A dizzying, funny, tragic evening celebrating joys of language, the hazards of thought, and the quest for a meaning in a chaotic world. 

Black Arts Initiative Queer Lit Series: Samiya Bashir
Monday, November 10th, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Performance Hour: Colleen Daniher and Patricia Nguyen
Friday, November 21st, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 22nd, 7 p.m.
Free admission.

Winter Quarter

Black Arts Initiative Brown Bag Fridays: Prof. Harvey Young
Friday, January 16th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio
Prof. Young is the author of more than a dozen articles and two dozen reviews/essays on black theatre and performance. He published his first book, Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body (University of Michigan Press) in 2010, co-edited an anthology, Performance in the Borderlands (Palgrave Macmillan) in 2011, and has the next few years mapped out. He’s traveling in support of his published works while also putting together a new anthology of plays relating to neighborhood integration (including Clybourne Park, a play by Northwestern alumnus Bruce Norris) for 2012, editing The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre for 2013, and writing two books related to the history of theatre in Chicago.

Professional Development Workshop: Book Publishing
Wednesday, January 8th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Performance Studies Lecture Series: Roshanak Kheshti
Wednesday, February 18th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio
Roshanak Kheshti received her Ph.D. in anthropology and women's studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego.

Professional Development Workshop: Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Wednesday, February 25th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Black Arts Initiative Queer Lit Series: Cheryl Clarke
Monday, March 2nd, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Performance Studies MA Recitals
March 13th, 7 p.m.
Wallis Theatre, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Free Admission.

Spring Quarter

Professional Development Workshop: External Grants
Wednesday, April 8th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Black Arts Initiative Queer Lit Series: Thomas Glave
Monday, April 13th, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Performance Studies Performance Hour: Jacobi Alvarez
Friday, April 17th & Saturday, April 18th
Alvina Krause Studio
Free Admission.

Performance Studies Lecture Series: Jason Whitesel
Wednesday, May 6th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio

Black Arts Initiative Queer Lit Series: Djola Branner
Monday, May 11th, 5 p.m.
Alvina Krause Studio

Black Arts Initiative Brown Bag Fridays: Prof. Krista Thompson
Friday, May 15th, Noon
Alvina Krause Studio
Prof. Thompson researches, teaches, and curates exhibitions on the history of art and visual culture in the African diaspora, with an emphasis on photography. She is author of An Eye for the Tropics: Tourism, Photography, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque (Duke University Press, 2006). She has published in African Arts, The Art Bulletin, American Art, The Drama Review, Representations, andSmall Axe. Recent publications include, "A Sidelong Glance: The Practice of African Diaspora Art History," published in Art Journal (Fall 2011) as part of the College Art Association's Centennial commemoration and essays on the art of Kehinde Wiley and on contemporary performance art in the Caribbean. Thompson teaches courses on photography in Africa and the African diaspora, critical race theory, visual cultures of colonialism and postcoloniality, art and commodification, and on modern and contemporary art and visual culture in the African diaspora and the Caribbean.

Sweet Tea
May 27th-June 6th
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Sweet Tea was developed and workshopped at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, Chicago in 2009. Working with other artists and writers, Johnson turned his staged reading, “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” into a full length play to fully capture the world of the men in Sweet Tea and to include his own story of growing up as a black gay southerner. 

Black Arts United States: Institutions and Interventions
June 4th-6th
Spaces TBA
Black expressive culture in the United States has a long and contested history whose boundaries are almost impossible to qualify and whose animating forces continue to evolve. Yet the African American arts—whether film, theater, dance, visual art, music, literature, or performance—necessarily tack between the pull of tradition and the push toward innovation, a dynamic often reflected in the processes through which artistic practices are codified as either conventional or transgressive at any given moment. Such designations both illuminate the historical conditions in which black art is produced and determine what practices come to be circulated, canonized, denigrated, or forgotten.
Bringing together artists, scholars, activists, administrators, and representatives of arts organizations, this cross-disciplinary conference aims to reconsider how we understand what constitutes an intervention within the black arts, and how such interventions come into contact with mainstream and culturally specific institutional frames. Given the vexed conditions in which black aesthetic practice now unfolds—thanks to a shrinking public sphere increasingly shaped by market forces rather than cultural expertise—these concerns seem particularly pressing today, but they are part and parcel of that much longer history of black subjects’ coming to voice within American culture

Performance Studies PhD Recitals
Friday, June 12th
Wallis Theatre, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Free admission.