University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Migrating Bodies: Identity, Place, Movement, Fall 2010

HSEM 3039H, 2 credits
Wednesdays, 4:40 – 6:20 p.m.
Location: 012 Nicholson Hall
Instructor: Kjel Wayne Johnson, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature

Course Description

This seminar is connected to the project “Migrating Bodies: Stories of Identity, Place, and Movement,” which will bring African and African-American artists and performers to campus to explore themes of place and identity using stories told in multiple art forms. Participants in this course will attend performances and workshops by the artists, and create response pieces to what they see.

Fall 2010 artist-participants include Somali novelist and playwright Nuruddin Farah, who will be in residence as the Winton Chair and is planning to develop and produce a play tentatively called “Refugees”, based on his book “Yesterday . . . Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora”; photographer Abdi Roble and Writer Doug Rutledge of the Somali Documentary Project; and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, an all-female African-American dance company, who will be performing “Zollar Uncensored.” Seminar participants will also attend the conference “Continuously Rich: Legacies of Black Women Artists in American Concert Dance,” organized by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

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