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2008.05.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Annual Conference in Omaha Focuses on Oppressed Peoples

Omaha - The 2008 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference will be held May 22-25 in Omaha. The annual event will feature more than 70 workshops, panels, papers, debates and performances and is organized by Doug Paterson, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) theatre professor.

The conference’s goal is to challenge oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice. Volunteers organize the annual meeting, which focuses on the work of liberatory educators, activists, artists and community organizers.

Pedagogy presenters include Sonia Nieto and Donaldo Macedo. Theatre workshops will feature Chris Vine, Mark Weinberg and Jenny Wanasek. Featured all week is internationally acclaimed director Augusto Boal from Rio de Janeiro, and his son, Julian, from Paris.

For additional details on the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference, visit www.ptoweb.org.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m.

Omaha/Douglas County Building, 1819 Farnam St.
Hosted by Augusto Boal and his son, Julian Boal; an opportunity to create legislation with audience members.

Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25
The Magnolia Hotel, 1615 Howard St.

Breakout session topics include:

• The Enemy at the Table: An Embodied Exploration of the Roles We Take Up in Communities of Change
• Day Laborers in Forum: Changing a Nation’s Economy and Political Strategy
• Making Fools of Ourselves to Save Lives: Evaluating the Value of the Theatre-Against-AIDS Programs in Kenya
• Subversive Pedagogy with a Difference: Respecting Student Ethos While Working for Change

Performance sessions include:

• Portions of Augusto Boal’s 1968 play, The Misadventures of Uncle McBuck
• Omaha’s “Respect” Theatre Company’s production of Bullying Through a Lifetime

For more information, contact Paterson at pto2008@gmail.com or (402) 554-2422.


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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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