Visions&Voices Fall 2016


Theme Guides to selected programs from the Fall 2016 Visions & Voices program were created in partnership with USC Libraries faculty and staff.
Look for recommended books and readings on the people, performances and topics covered by these events.
Visit the current season of: USC Visions and Voices

Photo: Holly Burt from Los Angeles, CA, USA – University of Southern California "Fall Tree", CC BY 2.0

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Online Theme Guide: Research Guide) / (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 12, 2016
Written by August Wilson, this depiction of rage and racism is set in 1927 Chicago is directed by Phylicia Rashad and focused on blues singer "Ma" Rainey (Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett).
Additional topics in guide: Matthias Pintscher and Towards Osiris; Guide creator: Anthony Anderson.
V&V event information
500 Years of Utopia (Online Theme Guide: Research Guide)  / (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF)
October 15, 2016: Governing Paradise
November 9, 2016: Designing Utopia
Discussion by Geoff Manaugh, Rick Cole, David Sloane, and Aurora Tang marking the December 2016 half-millennial anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. (Final event: February 7, 2017, introducing the Utopia Exhibition.)
Additional topics in guide: Dystopia, Tyson Gaskill, David Mellen Design, Heather Duncan, Patty Johnson, Nathan Masters, Hugh McHarg, Howard Smith, Tim Stanton; Guide Creator: Anne-Marie Maxwell
V&V event information (10/15 event) / V&V event information (11/9 event)
Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel and Joshua Bell (Online Theme Guide: Research Guide) / (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 16, 2016
The program addressing German Romanticism with Johannes Brahms’s Violin Concerto (Op. 77), featuring Joshua Bell, plus Richard Strauss’s tone poems, Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Additional topics in guide: Lillias White and Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett, Guide creator: Andrew Justice.
V&V event information
Celebrate Forsythe (Online Theme Guide: Research Guide) / (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 22, 2016
The San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Houston Ballet share the stage in a program of work by American choreographer William Forsythe.
Additional topics in guide: Pas/Parts 2016, Artifact; Guide creator: Andrew Justice, Anthonly Anderson.
V&V event information