Visions&Voices Fall 2017


Theme Guides to selected programs from the Fall 2017 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.
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Photo: David Ohmer from Cincinnati, USA - Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum "Autumn Reflection", CC BY 2.0

A Book Salon on Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (Theme Guide PDF)
August 30, 2017
Book discussion led by USC dramatic arts professor Paula Cizmar on this 1995 play based on Tom Stoppard’s 1991 radio play "In the Native State".
Additional topics in guide: Colonialism, imperialism and timeline of British colonialism in India; USC Libraries contributor: Sophie Lesinka.
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Borders, Bans, Walls, and Welcomes: U.S. Immigration Today (Theme Guide PDF)
September 5, 2017
This event in the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems includes Leilani Chan, Ali Noorani, and Manuel Pastor, and will be moderated by USC professor Roberto Suro.
Additional topics in guide: Asylum, xenophobial, stateless, sanctuary city, and isolationism; USC Libraries contributor: Robert Labaree.
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O Solo Homo: Performances by Marga Gomez and Tim Miller (Theme Guide PDF)
September 6, 2017
An evening of queer performance by the NEA Four: Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller.
Additional topics in guide: Culture clash, performance art, and satire; USC Libraries contributor: Elizabeth Galoozis.
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Wild L.A. (Theme Guide PDF)
September 7, 2017 
Discussion of the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument ecosystems by Char Miller, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom and Nicholas Hummingbird; moderated by USC Nathan Masters.
Additional topics in guide: California grizzly bear, conservation and environmental movements, biodiversity; USC Libraries contributor: Nathan Masters.
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Echo Theater Company: Fixed by Boni B. Alvarez (Theme Guide PDF)
September 24, 2017
This fierce and funny new play by Boni B. Alvarez is about Miracles Malcañang, a drag queen working in the infamous Malcañang Massage Parlor in Historic Filipinotown.
Additional topic in guide: Rodney To; USC Libraries contributor: Michael C. Oliveira.
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A Book Salon on Fyodor Dostoevky’s Notes from Underground (Theme Guide PDF)
September 26, 2017
USC Greta Matzner-Gore will lead a conversation on Dostoevsky’s 1984 Notes from Underground.
Additional topics in guide: Petrashevsky Circle, Semyonovsky Square, mock execution, Tsarist Russia, Czar, determinism, existentialism, serfdom, Utopian socialism; USC Libraries contributor: Danielle Mihram.
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Three Laureates: Poets of the New California (Theme Guide PDF)
September 28, 2017
Juan Felipe Herrera, Dana Gioia, and Robin Coste Lewis gather for reading and discussion about poetry.
Additional topics in guide: L.A. Poet; USC Libraries contributor: Barbara Robinson.
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Cátedra México with Graciela Iturbide (Theme Guide PDF)
October 16, 2017
World-renowned photographer Graciela Iturbide will present at this inaugural event followed by a conversation with Provost Enrique Martínez Celaya.
Additional topics in guide: Juchitán Medusa, indigenous peoples and cultures, la frontera, representation; USC Libraries contributor: Stacy Williams.
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Making Movements: Dance and Social Change with Jon Boogz (Theme Guide PDF)
October 18, 2017
This program includes the short film "Color of Reality" (a collaboration between Boogz, Lil Buck and Alexa Meade), the solo piece Love Heals All Wounds, and performances by students from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Additional topics in guide: ,Dance as a form of protest; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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The Nation Skate: Diplomacy, Diversity, and Global Engagement through Skateboarding (Theme Guide PDF)
October 23, 2017
Discover skateboarding through the eyes of Trina Bolton, K.C. Cole, Chris "Dune" Pastras, Rodney Mullen, Garth Ross, Johnny Schillereff, Renata Simril, Vanessa Torres, and Neftalie Williams.
Additional topics in guide: Sal Masekela; USC Libraries contributor: Stacy Williams.
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Tonight at the Palace!: A Variedades Tribute (Theme Guide PDF)
October 26, 2017
A unique combination of La Familia Gonzalez de Los Angeles, the Versa-Style Dance Company, a jam session (including Abraham Laboriel and Paulinho Da Costa), and a screening of Laurel and Hardy films.
Additional topics in guide: Broadway Theater District, Loca Motion; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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LA Opera: La Belle et la Bête (Theme Guide PDF)
October 28, 2017
This LA Opera production of a familiar fairy tale of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 cinematic masterpiece, includes a new soundtrack by Philip Glass.
Additional topics in guide: Jean Cocteau, Theatre at the Ace Hotel; USC Libraries contributors: Melissa Miller, Ross Scimeca.
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Beethoven was a Lesbian:  A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros (Theme Guide PDF)
October 29, 2017
This collaboration of ONE Archives, IONE and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), is a tribute including set of performances, meditations, Deep Listening, screenings, and discussions.
Additional topics in guide: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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Biohorror (Theme Guide PDF)
October 30, 2017
From film to the real world, share in the discussion by Mark Fergus, Adam Lowenstein, Isabel Cristina Pinedo, and Joseph Hawkins.
Additional topics in guide: Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon, Brian Yuzna, Frank Henenlotter, Noboru Iguchi, Lloyd Kaufman, Jordan Peele; USC Libraries contributors: Hugh McHarg, Zoe Pettway Unno.
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When We Imprisoned our Own: Lessons from the Japanese American Incarceration – Panel (Theme Guide PDF)
November 2, 2017
This focused discussion on Executive Order 9066, moderated by USC Varun Soni, includes Kathy Masaoka, Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, and Niels Frenzen.
Additional topics in guide: $20,000, Civilian Exclusion Orders, War Relocation Authority; USC Libraries contributor: Robert V. Labaree.
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Hamilton: An American Musical (Theme Guide PDF)
November 7, 2017
This story of Alexander Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography, directed by Thomas Kail, includes the support of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andy Blankenbuehler, and Alex Lacamoire.
Additional topics in guide: Federalist Papers, loyalist, republic; USC Libraries contributor: Anthony Anderson.
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