The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, in partnership with Penumbra Theatre, will hold a series of four public lectures and conversations that examine the Black Arts Movement's influence on American theater on January 26 with a presentation by Lou Bellamy, artistic director and founder of Penumbra (and a U of M professor emeritus).
In addition to Bellamy, the series features three influential scholars in the field of Black theater. Each event will feature a talk by the speaker, moderated conversation, and open question-and-answer period. U of M theater professor and Penumbra associate artistic director Dominic Taylor will moderate. The dates, speakers and topics will be:
- Thursday, January 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Penumbra's Birth and the Black Arts Movement, with Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director, Penumbra Theatre Company
- Thursday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Gender and Sexuality and the Black Arts Movement, with Sydné Mahone, professor of theater, University of Iowa
- Thursday, April 19, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Black Cultural Traffic and the Black Arts Movement, with Harry J. Elam, Jr., professor of drama, Stanford University
- Thursday, April 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: The Future of the Black Arts Movement, with Paul Carter Harrison, playwright and scholar
All events are free and open to the public, and take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the In-Flux Auditorium at the Regis Center for Art on the University of Minnesota's west bank.