26. February 2015 · Comments Off on Grisha Coleman Workshop and Talk · Categories: Events
The English department’s Hemispheric South/s and Literature and the Mind initiatives are excited to announce a workshop and talk by Grisha Coleman, Assistant Professor in Arts, Media and Engineering and affiliate faculty in dance at Arizona State University.
The workshop is organized around “Embodying the Improvisatory,” and will take place next Wednesday, March 4 at noon. Please see the attached flyer for more details about the RSVP and location. Space is limited.
Dr. Coleman will also be presenting a talk at 5:30 p.m. on March 4th in the Sankey Room (SH 2623) titled “Listening as the land talks back: ecology, embodiment and information in the science fictions of echo.”


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26. February 2015 · Comments Off on Yoruba Spiritualities and Global Acts · Categories: Events, Uncategorized
Hemispheric South/s and the UCSB department of Theater and Dance announce the Yoruba Spiritualities and Global Acts Conference.
Tarrell McCraney’s award-winning play In the Red and Brown Water features characters who boldly embody the Yoruba gods.This conference explores the power of Yoruba cosmologies to heal historical trauma by connecting Black communities worldwide. The creative and scholarly offerings link black identity and cultural expression in Africa and the Americas, exploring and substantiating concepts of diaspora.

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UCSBTheater/Dance West 1507

2 PM: FREE Opening performance (followed by Q&A with the artist): Silfredo La O Vigo’s unique brand of Afro-Cuban dancing seamlessly blends orichas, rumba, contemporary dance movement, and visual art.

The remaining events will all take place in the Multipurpose room,  

first floor, SRB.

4:30: Keynote Address by

Dr. Hershini Bhana Young (SUNY Buffalo), “The Vulnerability of Horizonality:

Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s ‘Will I Still Carry

Water when I am a Dead Woman?’”


5:30: Panel: “Orishas in Africa and the Americas”

-Dr. Roberto Strongman (Black Studies), “The Vodou art of Hector Hyppolite”

-Haddy Kreie (Theater/Dance), “”Slavery and the Emergence of Vodun:  Race, Trauma, Protection, and Healing in Spiritual Systems of Southern Benin”

-Hee-won Kim (Theater/Dance), “Where the Body Floats and the Laughter Stops: Liminal Space and Transgressive Bodies in In The Red and Brown Water and The Shipment”

6:30: Dinner Reception

Featuring a short Q&A with Shirley Jo Finney, Guest Director, UCSB production of In the Red and Brown Water

8:00: Attend opening night of In the Red and Brown Water (Hatlen Theater)

Conference Organizers: Dr. Christina McMahon, Dr. Stephanie Batiste, and Haddy Kreie


13. February 2015 · Comments Off on Reading by Deborah Miranda · Categories: Events
Hemispheric South/s is excited to announce an upcoming event with Deborah Miranda, author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013), The Zen of La Llorona(2005), and Indian Cartography (1999). Miranda is currently the John Lucian Smith Term Professor of English at Washington and Lee University.
You are warmly invited to a reading of new work in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020) at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24. Light refreshments will be served.