Past Event - January 2014


Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change
Featuring: Pakistani Theatre Director Shahid Nadeem
and African American Cultural Worker Jane Wilburn Sapp
January 28  & January 29, 2014

-The State of the Entertainment Industry in Contemporary Pakistan, by Shahid Nadeem-
January 28, 11:00am – 12:20pm
Pearlman Hall, Room 203
Open Session of SAS 155B: Cinema and Society: History, Film and Visual Culture.

Integrating the Sacred into Art for Social Change:
An Informal Exchange

ajoka-The Achievements and Perils of Theatre for Social Change in Pakistan-
January 29
, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Slosberg Music Center, Room 227
Shahid Nadeem will discuss his work as director of Ajoka Theatre, and describe how plays on Sufi themes have been embraced by Pakistani audiences from varying points of view, even when they deliver radical, almost blasphemous messages against the extremist exploitative use of Islam. Presentation followed by discussion.

-Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African American Musical Tradition-
January 29, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Slosberg Music Center, Room 215
Jane Sapp and Cindy Cohen will share work from their multimedia project "A Way Out of No Way: Jane Sapp, Cultural Work and Social Transformation." They examine the roots of African-American musical tradition in West African cultures, in the period of slavery, and in the Black Church. The songs that emerged combined the community’s spiritual impulses with its commitment for social justice. Presentation followed by discussion. (Note: A formal presentation of this material will be offered February 5 at 10:00, as part of ‘DEIS Impact.)

Download the flyer to read more about these events and about Shahid Nadeem and Jane Wilburn Sapp. Also, read more about organizations in South Asia working in the intersection of theatre and peacebuilding featured in our News from the Field, including Ajoka Theatre.



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