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Prof. Peggy Jones will present "Agency & Activism of Contemporary Black Women Playwrights" on Jan. 28 at 4 P.M. CST.
To borrow from feminist art historian Whitney Chadwick, Black women playwrights, specifically Lorraine Hansberry, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage, give theatrical form to the growing gulf between the White American dream and the Black American reality.
These writers' works examine the cultural social sphere created by the dominant population, with goals of uncovering and upending epistemologies of ignorance around race and gender in the United States. This presentation will share brief playwright bios, along with examples of how they utilized their agency to create works which necessitate new frameworks of understanding and social justice action via critical race/gender-based theoretical models.
This event is part of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Across the Curriculum Speaker Series.