Arts in the Americas

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During the 2019-2020 school year, the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)’s programming is happy to bring you Arts in the Americas, an inter-disciplinary event series featuring exhibitions, panels, talks, performances, and other projects that manifest the richness and diversity of the cultural and artistic history of the Americas. True to our expansive geographical and disciplinary vision of American studies, this series aims to understand America as not only the United States, but as the swath of land that spans from the Canadian A​rctic to Tier​ra del Fuego, and to draw from fields as diverse as public health, business, science and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences.

​Fall 2019

PERFORMANCE: The Belle of Amherst​​​

October 17, 18, 19 | 20:30 PM | Zoukak Theater 

The Belle of Amherst.pngThe Belle of Amherst gives its audience the opportunity to spend an evening with Emily Dickinson, face to face. Written using many of Dickinson’s poems, poem-letters and other correspondence from her life, we get a glimpse into the very private, seclusive world Miss Dickinson inhabited in Amherst, Massachusetts. Indeed, this imagined “visit” gives us a glimpse that she herself, an avowed recluse, would never have granted an audience in her lifetime. The playwright, William Luce, suggests Emily was a “seclusive individualist of the highest order.” His play allows us to meet Ms. Dickinson as she shares her own story and welcomes us into the “inner drama of a poet’s consciousness.” “The Belle of Amherst is a love affair with language, a celebration of all that is beautiful and poignant in life.

The Belle of Amherst i​s presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service​​, Inc., New York, produced by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) at the American University of Beirut with support from the Ithaca College Office of Sponsored Research and School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-sponsored by The Women and Gender Studies Initiative AUB.

Actor: Kathleen Mulligan​
Director:​ Norm Johnson
Lighting and Projection Design: Kyle Stamm
Sound Design: Aria Sardella
Stage Management in New York: Kelsey Dunne, Rhys Kauffman
Production Manager in Beirut: Razan Abu Ismail 
Dramaturge: David DeVries

The Belle of Amherst ​is complemented by a unique workshop series for female AUB students, designed around the play about Emily Dickinson. For more information and to sign-up, email Places are limited.

WORKSHOP: "Finding Your Voice" with Kathleen Mulligan
Kathleen Mulligan, Professor of the Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College
Monday, October 14 2019 | 2-3:30PM | ​Sign-up required

Kathleen-Mulligan.jpgKathleen Mulligan is an actress, vocal coach, and Associate Professor of Voice and Speech. As a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, she has performed with The Acting Company, The American Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, and most recen​tly Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, MI.

WORKSHOP: "The Body Speaks" with Norm Johnson
​Norm Johnson Jr​, Lecturer of Performance Studies at Ithaca College
Wednesday, October 16 2019 | 2-3:30PM | ​Sign-up required

njohnson.jpg​Norm Johnson Jr, has taught movement and scene study at Ithaca College for 25 years. Originally from Rhode Island, he has taught at Portland State University, working with Imago, the Theatre Mask Ensemble. He also danced contact improv and directed full-length dramas with the entire population of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Additionally, he founded both the Great Interplanetary Soapbox Revival and Pan-Twilight Circus, and severed as the second artistic director of the Kitchen Theatre Company, here, in Ithaca, NY.​​​

LECTURE & READING: Evie Shockley prese​​nts her critical, poetic work

Evie Shockley, B.A., J.D., Ph.D. an American poet and author

October 30 & November 1
*Due to the current unpredictable political climate in Lebanon, this event has been postponed until the Spring of 2020.​

evie.jpgEvie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. The author of several collections of poetry, including A Half-Red Sea (2006) and The New Black (2011), Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).

​READI​​NG: A Poetry Reading and Q & A with Margo Bede​rshevsky 

Margo Berdeshevsky, an author, poet and photographer

Thursday, November 14 2019
*Due to the current unpredictable political climate in Lebanon, this event has been postponed until the Spring of 2020.​


​Margo Berdeshevsky, born in New​ York, currently is writing in Paris, where she is considering conversations with Madame de Sevigne's ghost who lurks, maybe, in the courtyard. Her newest poetry book, Before the Drought, was published in 2017 by Glass Lyre Press and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The book was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2017 by The Brooklyn Rail. Her earlier collection includes Between Soul & Stone published by Sheep Meadow, Beautiful Soon Enough with the University of Alabama Press, which received the American Book Review - Ronald Sukenick Award for Innovative Fiction. Her poetry collection, But a Passage in Wilderness was also published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2007. 

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