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Performing the Moment | Performing the Movement

Dr. Soyica Diggs Colbert
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
6:00-7:00 PM
Off Campus Location
Free & Open to the public
Registration required:

In this virtual series, Center for World Performance Studies invites performers and scholars from diverse disciplines to reflect on how performance is being used to respond to the political, social, health and environmental crises that we face at this moment. For this session, Dr. Soyica Diggs Colbert will discuss the ways she applies performance studies scholarship to social activism, especially through the lens of literature and historical research.

Soyica Diggs Colbert is the Vice Dean of Faculty and Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (Rutgers University Press, 2017). She is currently working on two book projects, Radical Vision: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry (forthcoming 2021) and a co-written volume, Black Existentialism.

Colbert has published articles in American Theatre, African American Review, Theatre Survey, Modern Drama, Boundary 2, South Atlantic Quarterly, Scholar and Feminist Online, and Theatre Topics and in the collections: Black Performance Theory, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights, and August Wilson: Completing the Cycle.

She has served as a dramaturg for productions at Arena Stage of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, and Eduardo Machado’s Celia and Fidel as well as at Shakespeare Theatre Company of James Baldwin’s Amen Corner. She is the recipient of the Schomburg Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mellon Summer Research Grant, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library Fellowship. Her research interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Activism, African American, Anthropology, Theater
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for World Performance Studies, Residential College