5:30 pm | RISD Auditorium
DIVERSITY FELLOWS! – Reya Sehgal and Marc Boucai – is a critical camp collaborative interested in interrogating aspects of (their) Americanness. Aimed at blurring the lines between performance, politics and the presentation of self in everyday life, the FELLOWS use race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and more as both lenses and performed identities to produce genre-blurring pieces that refer to pop-cultural tropes, critical theory and queer performance tactics, creating chaotic environments out of seemingly simplistic interactive structures: green card interviews, diversity workshops, make-up appointments, karaoke.
The FELLOWS are grounded in performance training from L’Ecole Internationale de Jacques le Coq and the American Conservatory Theater, and educated in queer theory, postcolonial theory, performance studies and public humanities from UC Berkeley and Brown University.
At RISD they will lead three one-hour sessions for students on Cultural Appropriation, Aesthetics and Identity-based Art Practices and Engagement with Local Communities. Please register here in advance.
More about the MLK Series
The MLK keynote address serves as the centerpiece of the MLK Series and aims to highlight the role of creative endeavor in advancing democracy and equity. The lecture honors the vast contributions of Dr. King toward creating a more just and democratic society and acknowledges an individual whose legacy of service and commitment to justice has made an indelible difference.
Past MLK honorees and keynote speakers include ambassador and diplomat Andrew Young (2016), artist Faith Ringgold (2016), actor / humanitarian Danny Glover (2015), children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman (2014), artist / activist Harry Belafonte (2013); writer/activist Angela Davis (2012); nonviolence strategist Dr. Bernard Lafayette (2006); and scholar Bakari Kitwana (2005).
MLK Series identity: FAVOR Design / Douglas photo by Sean Roberts / biographical sources: Black Panther: The Revolutionary Artwork of Emory Douglas (Rizolli, 2007), Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (Routledge, 2001), BlackPast.org