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Dear Friends:

Hope you had a wonderful spring break! Now that you’re back, we hope to see you this week at one of our many provocative events. This week alone, programs will explore such themes as immigration, conflict resolution through dance, robotics and artificial intelligence, Asian American identity and representation, and queer family dynamics. Keep reading for details on these and other great events!

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
 
  Upcoming Events
Anarchy in Asian America
 
 
  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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. RSVP online now! Tickets will also be available at the door. 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. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. 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 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. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. 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 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
 
 
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  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 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 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 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
 
 
  Six Taste Walking and Food Tour   Six Taste Walking and Food Tour: Downtown Los Angeles
An Experience L.A. Event

Saturday, April 8, from 10:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Downtown Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. RSVP HERE

Experience the food and architecture of Downtown Los Angeles with a walking tour featuring Art Deco skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and delicious restaurants. Sample signature tastes from popular eateries and hidden neighborhood gems while learning about the history, culture, and ongoing revitalization of our city. MORE INFO
 
 
  Donna Lynne Champlin   Acting through the Art of Auditioning with Donna Lynne Champlin
Tuesday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall, USC Brain and Creativity Institute
Admission is free and open to everyone. RSVP beginning Thursday, March 23, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

In an interactive master class and actors’ studio, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Donna Lynne Champlin will demonstrate the various areas of auditioning, including specific acting notes, universal acting rules, lyric interpretation, managing mistakes in the room, monologue structure, material selection, what you wear, navigating sub-par material, short cuts and long cuts, and living in the moment while staying grounded in your preparation. MORE INFO
 
 
  Hotel Play   The Hotel Play
Saturday, April 15, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Radisson Hotel at USC
3540 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90007
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, March 22, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles erupted into violence after four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of African American Rodney King. The Hotel Play asks what, if anything, has changed in the past 25 years. A group of friends whose high-school graduation was interrupted by the 1992 civil unrest gather at a South L.A. hotel to celebrate their high-school reunion and confront the consequences of actions taken in their youth. MORE INFO
 
 
  Lost City   Lost City: Songs from a Changing Sea
Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
Tommy’s Place, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, March 28, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Rabbit Rabbit Radio will present a newly created song cycle inspired by the ocean and the changes it is undergoing due to climate change, overfishing, and pollution. Crafted by veterans of rock, classical, and pop music, Lost City is a set of songs that navigates a visceral tour through the world’s waterways. Created with the cooperation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, it is an abstract odyssey that reminds us of both the emotional and ecological significance the sea. MORE INFO
 
 
  Looking Ahead  
 
  4/28: Rhythms + Visions 3, MORE INFO
 
 
 

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