Visions&Voices Spring 2018


Flowering Tree

Theme Guides to selected programs from the Spring 2018 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: Danielle Mihram from California, USA, "Flowering Tree", CC BY 2.0

And Still We Rise: Women of Color Creating Community Through the Arts (Theme Guide PDF)
January 23, 2018
Two interactive events—a conversation and a dance flash mob—celebrating the impacts of women of color arts leaders.
Additional topics in guide: Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Reena Esmail, Marjani Forté, Leslie A. Ito, Charmaine Jefferson, Jackie Lopez, Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Christie Rios, Zanaida Robles, Gemma Sandoval, Kia Smith, Nao Bustamante, Velina Hasu Houston, Robin Coste Lewis, Daria Yudacufski, Across Our Kitchen Tables, Mujeres Creando, Mujeres de Maiz, Where We At, Women's Creative Collective; USC Libraries contributor: Stacy Williams.
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Working the Public, with Theaster Gates (Theme Guide PDF)
January 24, 2018
Conversation with Theaster Gates and Naima J. Keith.
Additional topics in guide: Dorchester Projects, White Cube Gallery, Rick Lowe, interdisciplinary, public art; USC Libraries contributor: Stacy Williams.
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8 Stops: A Performance by Deb Margolin (Theme Guide PDF)
February 1, 2018
This new solo work focuses on death, the private lives of animals, the suburbs, the spiritual exurbs, illness, desire, and a subway ride with a motherless child whom Deb realizes she has only eight stops to raise!
Additional topics in guide: Britches Theatre Company, Feminism; USC Libraries contributor: Raschelle Nagar.
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Music as Medicine: Renee Fleming and Antonio Damasio in Conversation (Theme Guide PDF)
February 5, 2018
Provost Michael Quick will introduce the discussion with Renée Fleming, Antonio Damasio, and Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain; with performances by the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Sponsored by the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.
Additional topics in guide: Music therapy; USC Libraries contributors: Andrew Justice, Melissa Miller.
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Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Theme Guide PDF)
February 15, 2018
Center Theatre Group presents this Quiara Alegría Hudes play about four recovering addicts who find their world changed when an Iraq War veteran’s tragedy spills over into their cyberhome.
Additional topics in guide: John Coltrane, Elliot trilogy, Mark Taper Forum; USC Libraries contributor: Raschelle Nagar.
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Archive Fever: Lost Words, Buried Voices (Theme Guide PDF)
February 21, 2018
Discover the secrets tucked in the archives of past cultures withMiroslava Chávez-García, Asher Hartman, M. NourbeSe Philip, Caleb Smith, Daniel Tiffany, and the Blunt Research Group.
Additional topics in guide: Investigative poetics; USC Libraries contributors: Katherine Kapsidelis, Suzanne Noruschat.
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An Evening with Olafu Eliasson (Theme Guide PDF)
February 27, 2018
This Icelandic-Danish artist is internationally known for his sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations.
Additional topics in guide: Weather Project, New York City Waterfalls, Ice Watch, interventionist art, phenomenology; USC Libraries contributor: Andrzej Rutkowski.
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Artivistas: A Concert Inspiring Resistance, Empowerment, and Social Change (Theme Guide PDF)
March 1, 2018
Celebrate artivistas Alice Bag, Alison De La Cruz, Martha Gonzalez, Maya Jupiter, Medusa, Georgia Ann Muldrow, and Faith Santilla, women of color creating change through art.
Additional topics in guide: Mujeres Creando, Mujeres de Maiz, artivism; USC Libraries contributor: Andrzej Rutkowski.
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Allegiance: A New Musical Inspired by a True Story (Theme Guide - PDF)
March 22, 2018
Following the events of Pearl Harbor, their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, yet their spirit could never be broken. Share one family's triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness presented by East West Players, with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.
Additional topics in guide: George Takei, Civilian Exclusion Orders, Executive Order 9066, War Relocation Authority, Xenophobia, Japan Aratani Theatre; USC Libraries contributor: Anthony Anderson.
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Talking Race: Social Media and Social Justice (Theme Guide - PDF)
March 27, 2018
Share a conversation with Meredith Clark, Feminista Jones, Karen Grigsby Bates, and Félix Gutiérréz.
Additional topics in guide: Black Twitter, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, Knight Foundation; USC Libraries contributor: Elizabeth Galoozis.
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I Can Make a Difference: A Lecture by Marian Wright Edelman (Theme Guide - PDF)
March 29, 2018
Marian Wright Edelman discusses the mission of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
Additional topics in guide: Youth Justice Coalition; USC Libraries contributor: Alyssa Brissett.
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West Side Story (Theme Guide - PDF)
March 29, 2018
Share this interpretation from the book by Arthur Laurents, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and based on a concept of Jerome Robbins.
Additional topics in guide: Puerto Rico, East Side Story; USC Libraries contributor: Anthony Anderson.
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Beethoven’s 9th: The USC Thornton Symphony and USC Thornton Choral Artists (Theme Guide - PDF)
March 30, 2018
The USC Thornton Symphony, Chamber Singers and Concert Choir join forces under Maestro Carl St.Clair.
Additional topics in guide: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Classical period; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Song of the Earth (Theme Guide - PDF)
April 5, 2018
The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Additional topics in guide: Gustav Mahler, Yuval Sharon; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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Considering Matthew Shephard (Theme Guide - PDF)
Sunday, April 8, 2018
This new passion/oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson is performed by the USC Thornton Chamber Singers.
Additional topics in guide: Lesléa Newman, Jo-Michael Scheibe, hate-crimes; USC Libraries contributor: Andrew Justice.
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A Day with Senga Nengudi (Theme Guide - PDF)
April 14, at 9 a.m.
Share a daylong conference exploring the innovations and impact of Nengudi’s artistic career with symposium participants: Elissa Auther, Cheryl Banks-Smith, Nao Bustamante, Andy Campbell, Patrisse Cullors, Rafa Esparza, Maren Hassinger, Selma Holo, Grant K. Johnson, Barbara McCullough, Uri McMillan, Chelo Montoya, Breeze Smith, and Isabel Wade.
Additional topics in guide: Pantyhose, Studio Z,  nylon mesh, R.S.V.P.; USC Libraries contributor: Stacy Williams.
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