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Women’s and Gender Studies will join with the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance to present THE ART OF PUBLIC MEMORY, an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring intersections of the arts, memory, and history. The conference allows faculty and students to exchange ideas with scholars, educators, activists, and artists from diverse disciplines, and is a means of foregrounding interdisciplinary scholarship at UNCG, especially work done in women’s and gender studies and in the arts. The conference will include performances,


Women’s and Gender Studies will join with the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance to present THEART OF PUBLIC MEMOR , an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring intersections of the arts, memory, and history.


especially work done in women’s and gender studies and in the arts. The conference will include performances, academic papers, panels, and workshops.Administrators, faculty members and students from across UNCG are contributing to conference planning and programming.


The conference is, in part, inspired by the performance of Bill T. Jones’s Serenade/the Proposition, at UNCG on Friday, April 8. contemporary dance about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and a rumination on the nature of history, Jones’s dance suggests examination of other works involving Lincoln such as the current off Broadway play Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance P and Suzan-Lori Parks’ 1994 The America Play


Jones’s Serenade/the Proposition, at UNCG on Friday, April 8. A contemporary dance about the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and a rumination on the nature of history, Jones’s dance suggests examination of other works involving Lincoln such as the current Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party Review


and Suzan-Lori Parks’ 1994 The America Play, and portraits of Lincoln by composers such as Charles Ives and Roy Harris. It also


Lincoln by composers such as Charles Ives and Roy Harris. It also calls for a broader examination of the arts, memory and history. Potential questions that will be examined by conference participants


Potential questions that will be examined by conference participants Bill T. Jones Dance Company


include: How and in what ways do memories acquire a public character and through what means are they eryday life? In what w


sustain, and de-stabilize the work(ings) of power? How are ideas of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation re-inscribed or contested through performances, especially performances of history? In what ways do the body, bodily action, and bodily experience enter into public memory?


Conference keynote speakers are well-known for their work in the arts and interests in gender, sexuality, and race. Playwright and screen writer Suzan-Lori Parks is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the Pulitz er Prize for Drama for her play, Topdog/Underdog. Her other works include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire Her other works include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Venus, and FuckingA. Eileen M. Hayes is Associate Professor and Chair of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology at the Univ


Conference keynote speakers are well-known for their work in the arts and interests in gender, sexuality, and race.


d Venus, and Fucking A. Eileen M. Hay


and Chair of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas. Her areas of interest include African American music, feminist theories, queer studies in music and the social sciences, and race in American popular culture. She is the author of Songs in Black and Lavender:


Associate Professor African


Women’s Music


Women’s Music. Randy Martin is Professor of Art and Public Policy and Director of the graduate program in Arts Politics at New York University. Among his works are Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self; Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics; and Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts (with Mary Schmidt


the graduate program in Arts Politics at New YorkUniv Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self; Critical Mov


American music, feminist theories, queer studies in music and the social sciences, and race in American popular culture. She is the author of Songs in Black and Lavender Race, Sexual Politics, and Art and Public Policy and Director of Among his works are


and Politics; and Artistic Citizenship: A Public Voice for the Arts (with Mary Schmidt Theatre Arts Program, North Carolina A&T State Univ part of the conference.


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Campbell). Other special guests include Donna Baldwin-Bradby, director and faculty member in the Theatre Arts Program, North Carolina A&T State University. Baldwin-Brady will direct Parks’ The America Play


Other special guests include Donna Baldwin-Bradby, director and faculty member in the Baldwin-Brady will direct Parks’ The


America Play at Triad Stage in Greensboro later in 2011. She will discuss her experiences with the play as part of the conference.


The theme of the conference was suggested by Ann Dils, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and a faculty member in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.


Ann Dils, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies laywright and screen writer Suzan-Lori Parks is the recipient


of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the Puli er Prize for Drama for her play, Topdog/Underdog


include: How and in what ways do memories acquire a public character and through what means are they preserved, archived, and negotiated in everyday life? In what ways do expressions of public memory create, sustain, and de-stabilize the work(ings) of power? How are ideas of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation re-inscribed or contested through performances, especially performances of history? In what ways do the body, bodily action, and bodily experience enter into public memory?


erse disciplines, and is a means of foregrounding interdisciplinary scholarship at UNCG, Administrators, faculty members and students from across UNCG


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