Keynote Address & Panel featuring Bryonn Bain with Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Jody Armour, and Brent Blair
Opening Poetry Invocation: Father Amde Hamilton
Thursday, April 12 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., California African American Museum
The Institute for Theatre and Social Change (ITSC) at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, in partnership with Roski School of Art and Design and the California African American Museum, is launching its 2018 conference with a keynote panel featuring Bryonn Bain (Lyrics from Lockdown), Patrisse Khan-Cullors (When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir), Jody Armour (Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America) and Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro (Intersectionality: An Intellectual History) to address the issue of the role of radical art in an era of alternative truth.
This conference is investigating the role of transformational fiction when false narratives are becoming the daily weapon of dominant culture. Theatre of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal’s work provides an ethical framework for shaping this social, political, and therapeutic dialogue about the usefulness of art as, in his words, “a rehearsal for the revolution.” Speaking to this theme in 2007, Boal noted: “We are in a war of images, and the oppressors are winning.”
Radical Fictions can interrogate, disrupt, and critically reframe dominant false cultural norms and narratives, particularly about race, class, gender, nationality, and the basic identity of people at the margins of power. Keynote speaker Bryonn Bain and the panel collectively address the question, “What more is needed from artists, activists, and academics in this period of oppressive fiction?”
Opening poetry invocation by Father Amde Hamilton, co-founder of the Watts Prophets.
Free admission. Reservations recommended. (RSVP Here)