• An International Exploration of Medical Clowning

    10/6/14 & 10/7/14

    Medical clowns bring magic, music, storytelling and other skills to hospitals and medical centers. Two events will explore the history of medical clowning around the world, revealing the healing power of laughter and humor. More info »
  • Voices of South LA

    10/9/14, 2/26/15 & 3/7/15

    A three-part series will examine community building in and around USC and South Los Angeles, with a focus on movements and organizations that are responding to the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. More info »
  • Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless!

    10/14/14

    Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman and acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston will come together for a highly animated evening that uses words, images and music to explore the history of graphic novels. More info »
  • Dreaming Sin Fronteras

    10/16/14

    This unique theatrical production featuring an all-star musical cast will powerfully look at the deep and devastating impact of international borders and immigration laws on undocumented youth. More info »
  • Provostís Writers Series

    9/15/14, 10/21/14 & 2/25/15

    The Provostís Writers Series features the extraordinary talents of USC authors. More info »
  • Zaha Hadid

    10/24/14

    Join us for an exciting evening lecture and conversation with the wildly imaginative Pritzker PrizeĖwinning architect. More info »
  • Rita Moreno: A Celebration of Artistic Achievement

    10/27/14

    Rita Moreno is the winner of the entertainment industryís most prestigious awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony—and one of the most prolific Latino artists of our time. More info »
  • Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin

    11/2/14 & 11/3/14

    A screening and concert will feature the legendary feminist punk artist Kathleen Hanna and her new band, The Julie Ruin. More info »
  • Aaron Koblin: Media Wall Mash-Up

    11/6/14

    Internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Koblin will use the three-story media wall in Wallis Annenberg Hall to showcase extraordinary, creative, contemporary digital work by himself and others. More info »
  • Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware

    11/7/14

    Two incredible, award-winning graphic novelists, Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Chris Ware (Building Stories), will engage in a fascinating conversation about the power of images and storytelling. More info »
  • A Tribute to Dennis Hopper

    9/12/14-11/16/14

    An exhibition and series of screenings and conversations will pay tribute to the always independent, rebellious and extreme Dennis Hopper. More info »
  • Los Angeles Poverty Department: Red Beard/Red Beard

    1/15/15

    In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the Los Angeles Poverty Department theatre company will restage its masterpiece, Red Beard/Red Beard, a poetic and powerful work about the realities of poverty. More info »
  • Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass

    1/31/15

    This American Life radio host Ira Glass and contemporary dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass have created a moving, emotional and highly entertaining evening of dance and stories. More info »
  • Academy Award Winner William Friedkin

    2/6/15

    William Friedkin is the director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A. Following a screening of the his digitally remastered Sorcerer, Friedkin will participate in a dynamic conversation about his life and career. More info »
  • Black Grace

    2/21/15

    The dances of Black Grace are highly physical, uniquely beautiful and immensely powerful. Donít miss this exhilarating performance by New Zealandís leading contemporary dance company. More info »
  • SoloDuo and the Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    2/23/15

    The virtuosic, expressive Italian classical-guitar ensemble SoloDuo will come to USC to perform music by the celebrated composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. More info »
  • Art in the Court

    3/5/15

    Join us for an evening with three award-winning courtroom illustrators, who have covered hundreds of trials, including those of Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, John Gotti, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. More info »
  • The Schoenberg Soundways

    3/7/15

    The revolutionary music of twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg will course through USC during a five-day, campus-wide sound installation, a lecture and a concert featuring some of Schoenbergís greatest works. More info »
  • Contra-Tiempo: Full Still Hungry

    3/27/15

    Contra-Tiempo fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop and contemporary dance theatre in Full Still Hungry, a vigorous performance exploring food, consumption and capitalism. More info »
  • Dreaming of Harlem Under a High Southern Sky

    3/28/15

    Theatre, dance and music intertwine to tell the story of three women who grew up on a plantation in the South and migrated to Harlem at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance. More info »
  • Measures & Frames

    3/28/15

    Visionary contemporary composers, avant-garde filmmakers and internationally renowned musicians will collaborate live to create a dynamic evening of riveting visual music. More info »
  • Self/Split: Performance and Poetry from Asian Diasporas

    4/1/15

    Four renowned Asian diasporic artists will come together for an evening of live performances and discussion that will movingly confront queerness, displacement, immigrant identity and the creative process. More info »
  • Takao Kawaguchi Performs the Laud Humphreys Project

    4/8/15

    Avant-garde Japanese choreographer Takao Kawaguchi will explore the work of controversial sociologist Laud Humphreys in a site-specific performance at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. More info »
  • Art and Action: Performing Social Change

    4/16/15 & 4/17/15

    Marc Bamuthi Joseph, one of Americaís most vital voices, performs and leads a workshop as part of a series of events exploring art and social change. More info »
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Our Environmental Destiny

    4/23/15

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will present a passionate and eloquent speech about the role of natural resources in our work, health and identity as Americans. More info »
  • Cyberpunk: Past and Future

    5/1/14

    A day-long event will bring together seminal figures of cyberpunk, including Rudy Rucker, Pat Cadigan and Bruce Sterling, to discuss the cultural moment they incited. More info »
  • SPARK! 9th Annual Multimedia Kickoff

    8/21/14

    Visions and Voices kicks off the year with an arts extravaganza featuring music, dance, theatre, spoken word and a welcome by USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett. More info »
  • Ballet Memphis

    9/9/14

    Ballet Memphis presents captivating, elegant, soulful and artistically innovative dance that touches the heart of the human experience. More info »
  • H. W. Brands on Ulysses S. Grant

    9/23/14

    Distinguished historian H. W. Brands will bring to life the fascinating story of Ulysses S. Grant, the man who saved the Union. More info »
             
 

Wordless!: Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston on the Evolution of Graphic Novels

H. W. Brands

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Maus—a moving father-son memoir about the Holocaust drawn with cats and mice—Art Spiegelman changed the definition of comics forever. In Wordless!, a stimulating hybrid performance featuring images, talk and music, he probes further into the nature and possibilities of his medium. Spiegelman collaborates with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston, who will be performing live with his sextet. Johnstonís music accompanies the cartoonistís personal tour of the first legitimate “graphic novels” by early-20th-century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward and Milt Gross. Join us for this fascinating presentation as Spiegelman explores “the battle between words and pictures” and smashes the hyphen between High and Low Art. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. For more info, click here.


Around the World with Visions and Voices:
A V&V T-shirt Project & Contest

T-Shirt Contest

We love to see our students sporting their Visions and Voices gear! This summer, we know you'll be going places near and far, and we want you to take Visions and Voices with you. During your travels, be sure to snap some pics of yourselves in your V&V T-shirts and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #visionsandvoices, or email them to us at visionsandvoices@usc.edu. Photos will be posted on the Visions and Voices website and will be used for a special Visions and Voices poster project. Participants may also win prizes!


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Upcoming Events

Los Angeles Philharmonic: Dudamel and Mahler 5

Los Angeles Philharmonic artistic director and conductor Gustavo Dudamel will present a high-voltage program featuring Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and David Lang’s Man Made. Guest artists So Percussion will inspire you to rethink the possibilities of percussive music with their unconventional instruments and mesmerizing theatricality.

10/02/2014: 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Can Clowns Heal? The Uses of Medical Clowning
A Lecture by Atay Citron

Inspired by the known healing power of humor, medical clowns bring magic, music and more to hospitals and medical centers. Professor Atay Citron, founder and director of the medical-clowning program at the University of Haifa, Israel, will offer an overview of medical clowning around the world.

10/06/2014: 7:00pm - 11:59pm

Doutores d'Alegria

Inspired by the known healing power of humor, medical clowns bring magic, music and more to hospitals and medical centers. The funny, touching documentary Doutores d’Alegria follows the day-to-day work of the extraordinary Brazilian medical-clowning organization Doctors of Joy.

10/07/2014: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Voices of South L.A.: Civic Action and Community Voice

A dynamic discussion will highlight the visions of activists and leaders concerned with the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. Panelists include journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan; Francisco Ortega of the L.A. Human Relations Commission; Community Coalition’s Alberto Retana; and media maker Sahra Sulaiman.

10/09/2014: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Dennis Hopper Legacy Panel and Screening of Apocalypse Now

Independent, rebellious and extreme, the late Dennis Hopper is beloved for his work as an actor and director in cult films. As part of a multi-event tribute to Hopper, we will screen Apocalypse Now (1979)—the heavily Academy Award–nominated film that polarized audiences and depicted the Vietnam war as a descent into primal madness.

10/10/2014: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 

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