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Why Do We Do This?: A Conversation with Soraya Nadia McDonald and Dexter Thomas

Soraya Nadia McDonald, cultural critic and Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Lewis Center for the Arts; Dexter Thomas, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow in the Humanities Council

February 22, 2022 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · Zoom

Humanities Council; Lewis Center for the Arts

Why Do We Do This? is the question at the heart of a conversation with award-winning cultural critic and Princeton Belknap Fellow Soraya Nadia McDonald and Dexter Thomas, ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Emerging Voices Fellow and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton’s Humanities Council. The discussion will explore finding purpose and passion in theater in a world where history keeps repeating itself with a look at 1921, 2021, and beyond. This conversation continues themes from the fall 2021 centennial symposium, “Reactivating Memory: Shuffle Along and the Tulsa Race Massacre,” which examined these seemingly disparate events in 1921 and what can be learned from them today.

Belknap Short-Term Visiting Fellows are selected each year by Princeton’s Humanities Council. During intensive three- to five-day visits, these Fellows lecture and participate in classes, colloquia and informal discussions. This event is presented by the Humanities Council and co-sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts.

The virtual conversation will take place via Zoom Webinar and is free and open to the public; registration required. Register for the Zoom Webinar.

This event will be live captioned. Guests in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at LewisCenter@princeton.edu.

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