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CWPS Faculty Lecture Series

E.J. Westlake
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
6:00-7:30 PM
207 Walgreen Drama Center Map
Walk Toward the Sunset:
Outdoor Historical Drama and Appalachian Ethnicity
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Walgreen Drama Center, Room 207

Kermit Hunter became famous for his outdoor historical dramas, Unto These Hills and Horn in the West, dramas that are still performed in Appalachia today. His play Walk Toward the Sunset is credited with helping the Melungeon people of Appalachia, a group sociologists categorized as “tri-racial isolates,” gain popular acceptance. This talk explores how Hunter’s play frames Melungeon identity, particularly when considering Hunter’s popularity as a writer of “Indian drama,” and how the narrative holds up to new DNA evidence about Melungeon origins.

The Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Lecture Series features our Faculty Fellows and visiting scholars and practitioners in the fields of ethnography and performance. Designed to create an informal and intimate setting for intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the community, faculty are invited to present their work in an interactive and performative fashion.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
Building: Walgreen Drama Center
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Anthropology, Free, History, Humanities, Literature, Multicultural, Native American, Sociology, Storytelling, Theater
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for World Performance Studies, Residential College