TDPS Speaker Series: Professor Shannon Jackson, Sep. 13, 4-5pm

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies presents the TDPS Speaker Series, Thursday, Sep. 13th, 4-5pm in 44B Dwinelle Hall. Shannon Jackson, TDPS Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies, will discuss Civic Re-enactment and Public Re-assembly. Please join us for wine, cheese, and conversation!

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Re-Enactment has become a ubiquitous 21st century process, one that dynamizes populist ritual as well as artworld experimentation in participatory aesthetics. Arguably, however, participants have very different understandings of what re-enactment is and who it might serve. Art institutions also seem to deploy the practice in service of a range of goals—whether to recall history, to advance a conceptual art project, or to build community. After surveying a range of possibilities, this lecture considers what happens when re-enactment is lodged inside civic processes.

Shannon Jackson holds the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. In the fall of 2015, she was appointed to be the first Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design (AVCAD). In this leadership position, Jackson reports to both UC-Berkeley’s Chancellor and to its Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Her office is responsible for creating new operations and collaborations across departments, centers, presenting organizations, and initiatives in the arts and design for the entire campus.