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Dear Friends:

There are just three days left to see composer Paul Dresher’s wildly inventive Sound Maze exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum. Don’t miss this interactive installation featuring an extraordinary array of newly invented musical instruments. This Thursday, we will present a fascinating conversation with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan and General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus on cyber wars, national security, and global politics. We are also accepting reservations for several great events, including an evening with another Pulitzer Prize winner, Sonia Nazario, discussing the critical issue of immigration today; a dynamic event featuring the punk-inspired filmmaking and music of several acclaimed Asian American artists; and much more. Read on for details!

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
 
  Upcoming Events
Cyber Wars
 
 
  Sound Maze   Sound Maze
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

On Display through Wednesday, March 8
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Admission is free. Visit our website for exhibition hours.

Listen, play, and discover sound anew as you improvise with more than a dozen newly invented musical instruments in Sound Maze, an interactive installation created by composer and instrument inventor Paul Dresher. Designed for all ages, all levels of musical experience, and all types of minds, this remarkable hands-on installation lets you experiment with extraordinary inventions to discover new ways of creating sound and music, unleashing the musical creativity in everyone. MORE INFO
 
 
  Davel Instrumental Duo   Paul Dresher and the Dresher/Davel Instrument Duo
Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. RSVP HERE

Renowned composer, performer, and instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist extraordinaire Joel Davel come together for an exciting electro-acoustic performance on extraordinary musical instruments of their and their collaborators’ own invention. Hear lush textures and fascinating rhythmic structures as Dresher and Davel create music on these utterly unique instruments—and then come onstage to explore the instruments yourself. MORE INFO
 
 
  Cyber Wars and Global Politics   Cyber Wars and Global Politics: Fred Kaplan and General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus in Conversation
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. RSVP HERE

Join USC President C. L. Max Nikias for a fascinating and timely conversation on cyber wars, national security, and global politics featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fred Kaplan and USC Judge Widney Professor General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus. The conversation will be moderated by USC Price professor David Sloane. Kaplan spent 20 years at the Boston Globe and is currently the “War Stories” columnist for Slate. He is the author of several books, including Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, General Petraeus served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. MORE INFO
 
 
  Upcoming Events
Uncanny Valleys
 
 
  Sonia Nazario   Beyond Enrique’s Journey: Solving Illegal Immigration (For Real)
An Evening with Sonia Nazario, with a Response by Stephanie Canizales

Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum Courtyard
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

In conjunction with the USC Fisher Museum exhibition MONTARlaBestia, we will present an evening with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Sonia Nazario. Nazario is the author of Enrique's Journey, the story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. First published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, Enrique's Journey became a national best-selling book. In a special event, Nazario will discuss U.S. immigration reform, followed by a response by Stephanie Canizales, a PhD candidate in sociology at USC. MORE INFO
 
 
  Dana Caspersen   A Curiously Moving Talk with Dana Caspersen
Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 102
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Conflict specialist, choreographer, and author Dana Caspersen believes in the power of the individual to positively transform destructive systems. Learn the physicalized methods she has developed for learning and creating change in conflicts—from interpersonal to international—in a unique interactive event that demonstrates what choreographic thinking can illuminate about conflict. MORE INFO
 
 
  Uncanny Valleys   Uncanny Valleys: Thinking and Feeling in the Age of Synthetic Humans
Thursday, March 23, at 4 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

From service robots to virtual agents like Apple’s Siri, humanlike machines are poised to grow ever more integral to our daily lives. Join us for a discussion with leading robotics experts, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, Yoshio Matsumoto, Travis Deyle, and Jonathan Gratch, and science historian Jessica Riskin about the future of artificial life and new pathways for human-machine interactions. You’ll also have a chance to explore an interactive showcase that reveals how roboticists are replicating human locomotion, facial expressions, and intelligence. MORE INFO
 
 
  Anarchy in Asian American   Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema
Friday, March 24
7 p.m.: Panel Discussion, School of Cinematic Arts, Room 108
9 p.m.: After Party and Concert, Tommy’s Place
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Gregg Araki (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Mysterious Skin), Roddy Bogawa (I Was Born, But…), Marcus Hu (co-founder of Strand Releasing), and Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Fame Whore) are known as the “bad boys” of Asian American cinema. Their work engages a radical indie-film aesthetic inspired by the energy of underground music as well as by more formalist experimentations of directors like Godard. They will discuss the impact of their punk-influenced, sexually and artistically transgressive, DIY filmmaking, followed by a concert featuring Jon Moritsugu’s twisted glam rock band Low on High and the psychedelic dark wave sounds of SISU (featuring Sandra Vu, formerly of the Dum Dum Girls). MORE INFO
 
 
  Fun Home   Fun Home
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, March 25, from 7:15 to 11 p.m.
Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. RSVP HERE

Fun Home is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” —The New York Times
USC students will take a trip to see the landmark Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Fun Home, a refreshingly honest story about seeing one’s parents through grown-up eyes. Based on Alison Bechdel’s beloved graphic novel, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising ways. MORE INFO
 
 
  Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance   Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance
Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Gay-rights movements in the United States have often focused on visibility and legibility within the public sphere. But as gay and lesbian issues are being rapidly mainstreamed, many artists and theorists—especially those engaging in queer, feminist, and people-of-color discourses—are pushing against visibility as a social and political enterprise. A panel of artists and scholars will discuss the role of opacity as a tactic of queer subjectivity and activism in our contemporary moment. MORE INFO
 
 
  The Business of Trade Ceramics of Asia   The Business of Trade Ceramics of Asia
Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

In conjunction with the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s exhibition China Trade: Global Market and Chinese Ceramics, on view in Doheny Memorial Library from March 2 to August 6, USC professor and internationally renowned ceramicist Karen Koblitz will discuss the role of ceramics in Asia with Dennis Carr, curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The conversation will be moderated by Christina Yu Yu, director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum. MORE INFO
 
 
  Roz Chast   When We Have to Talk about Something Less Pleasant: Aging, Alzheimer’s, and the End of Life
A Lecture by Roz Chast

Thursday, March 30, at 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Admission is free. Reservations requested. RSVP HERE

Cartoonist Roz Chast will share her story of coping with the loss of her parents and the everyday realities of Alzheimer’s disease—a story she tells with courageous honesty in the gut-wrenching and darkly humorous graphic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Chast’s cartoons appear in magazines including The New Yorker and Scientific American. Her award-winning memoir masterfully combines cartoons, text, and photographs to challenge readers’ perceptions of death and dementia. MORE INFO
 
 
  Latent Memory   Latent Memory: Present Visions of Latin American Political Past
Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m.
Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, March 7, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

The post-colonial histories of Latin American countries have been characterized by periods of violence, censorship, discrimination, and loss of memory of the recent past. How do artists live and create in societies that are inherently defined by human catastrophes? A screening and discussion of short animated films from Latin America will reveal how animation is being used as a tool for sociopolitical engagement. MORE INFO
 
 
  Data-Driven Animation Workshop   Data-Driven Animation Workshop
Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m.
School of Cinematic Arts (SCB), Room 102
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, March 7, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Colombian animator Juan Camilo González will offer a hands-on workshop on data-driven animation. You’ll learn about tools that can transform statistical data on social issues into interactive visualizations and real-time web animations so that you can use animation as a tool for social change. No programming or animation experience is required. MORE INFO
 
 
  La Traviata   The Met in HD: Verdi’s La Traviata
Saturday, April 1
12 p.m.: Pre-Opera Discussion
1 p.m.: HD Opera Broadcast
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, March 13, at 10 a.m. RSVP HERE

As part of a series of satellite broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, we will present Verdi’s La Traviata. Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father. Nicola Luisotti conducts. The broadcast will be preceded by a conversation hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music. MORE INFO
 
 
  Amanda Vickery   Amanda Vickery: From the Classroom to the BBC
Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, March 8, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Amanda Vickery is a professor of early modern history at Queen Mary University of London. After building a reputation as a serious scholar, Vickery began writing historical TV and radio programs for the BBC, including At Home with the Georgians and The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen. In an engaging talk interweaved with clips from her work, Vickery will discuss the relationship between history, academia, and popular culture. MORE INFO
 
 
  Doughty Fitzharris   Doctors’ Orders for a Good Death: Caitlin Doughty and Lindsey Fitzharris
Thursday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 9, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Most Americans are uncomfortable talking about death. Unfortunately, this means that most American doctors and patients are ill-equipped to deal with end-of-life issues. In a surprisingly lively conversation, mortician Caitlin Doughty and medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris—leading figures of a new death-positive movement—will address American death denial, its impact on healthcare, and how we can improve the experience of death and dying. MORE INFO
 
 
  Trade Ceramics   Trade Ceramics of Asia: Exhibition Tour and Ceramics Workshop
Friday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library and Galen Ceramics Studio
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 9, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Join USC professor and internationally known ceramicist Karen Koblitz for a guided tour of the USC Pacific Asia Museum’s exhibition China Trade: Global Market and Chinese Ceramics, followed by a hands-on workshop in decorating ceramics. Taking inspiration from the exhibition, participants will apply blue patterning onto the surface of readymade ceramic forms. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead  
 
  4/8: Downtown L.A. Walking and Food Tour, MORE INFO
4/13: Los Angeles, City of Tomorrow, MORE INFO
4/15: The Hotel Play, MORE INFO
4/21: Lost City: Songs from a Changing Sea, MORE INFO
4/25 & 4/26: Shirin Neshat, MORE INFO
4/28: Rhythms + Visions 3, MORE INFO
 
 
 

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