Aloud! at Reed

ALOUD! at Reed brings the nation’s best scholars, thinkers, and artists to our community for faculty-led cross-disciplinary programming. The series is sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity.

Redefining the Canon: 21st Century American Performance

PERFORMANCE

Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz: An Evening with the Founding Members of Universes
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Eliot Hall chapel, 6 p.m.

Steven SappMildred Ruiz

Universes is an ensemble company of writers and performers who fuse poetry, theatre, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues, and Spanish Boleros to create moving, challenging, and entertaining theatrical works. Join founding members Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz for a performance that tracks the evolution of their childhood rhymes and community rituals to poetry, theatre, hip-hop, and gospel. Supported by the theatre department, Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Wolf Fund. Free and open to the public.

LECTURE

Marti Newland, “Singing at Fisk University: Vocal Blackness and Fisk’s Choral Ensembles”
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Psychology 105, 4:30 p.m.

Opera singer and ethnomusicologist Marti Newland studied vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory and is a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. Drawing on her fieldwork at Fisk University, a historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee, Newland will highlight the voice as a mechanism of speaking and singing and as a site of mediation for ideological, discursive, embodied, and affective constructions of blackness. Supported by the department of music, the Office for Institutional Diversity’s New Scholars Series, and the multicultural resource center. Free and open to the public.

PERFORMANCE

Marti Newland, soprano, and Artis Wodehouse, piano, “Songs of the African American Experience”
Friday, February 22, 2013
Eliot Hall chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Artis WodehouseMarti Newland

On the second day of her visit, opera singer and ethnomusicologist Marti Newland will give a vocal recital accompanied by pianist Artis Wodehouse. Newland has performed in recitals and oratorios throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed with the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater Center and Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy, and has been a guest soloist with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Opera Noire of New York, and Harlem Opera Theater. Pianist and harmoniumist Artis Wodehouse has devoted her career to preserving and disseminating neglected but valuable music and instruments from the past, with an emphasis on American music. Her best seller Gershwin Plays Gershwin on the Nonesuch label has sold over 500,000 copies. The recital will include works by Will Marion Cook, Richard Danielpour, Eva Jessye, Hall Johnson, and Scott Joplin. Supported by the music department, the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the multicultural resource center. Free and open to the public.

LECTURE

Philip Gotanda, “The Jamaican Wash Project: Explorations in Cultural and Racial Adaptation”
Friday, February 22, 2013
Psychology 105, 4:30 p.m.

Philip Gotanda

Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theatre in America. The creator of one of the largest bodies of Asian American-themed work, Gotanda is also known for working with a range of aesthetic styles—from jazz to spoken word, dance to symphonic, and opera to indie film—and varied subject matter—from controversial social issues such as male violence against women to the intersectionality of Asian American and African American communities. Gotanda is a recipient of a Guggenheim as well as other honors and awards. He holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and studied pottery in Japan with the late Hiroshi Seto. Supported by the theatre department, the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Wolf Fund. Free and open to the public.

LECTURE

Jorge Huerta, “The Many Stages of Chicana/o Theatre: From the Fields to the Arena”
Monday, March 25, 2013
Psychology 105, 5 p.m.

Jorge Huerta

Jorge Huerta, Professor Emeritus of Theatre & Dance at the University of California, San Diego, is the nation’s leading expert in the field of Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o theatre. He has edited three anthologies of plays and written the landmark books Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth. Huerta has directed in theatres across the country and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Western Europe. In 2007 Huerta was honored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for “Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theater.” In 2008 he was recognized as a “Distinguished Scholar” by the American Society for Theatre Research. Supported by the theatre department, the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Wolf Fund. Free and open to the public.

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