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Dear Friends:

Get ready for the tenth season of Visions and Voices! We will kick off the year on Thursday, August 20, with “SPARK!,” our annual arts extravaganza featuring music, dance, theatre, and spoken word. Next week, reservations open for a Visions and Voices signature event featuring the acclaimed author Junot Díaz. And volunteering with Visions and Voices is a fantastic way for students to explore the arts and get involved on campus. We are accepting volunteer applications now. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

–The Visions and Voices Team

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9/16: Alonzo King LINES Ballet, more info

9/18: Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, more info

9/20: Design Fictions :: Imagined Futures, more info

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Volunteer for Visions and Voices!
We are currently seeking volunteers. If you are a USC student who wants to get more involved with this groundbreaking initiative, join our volunteer team! Meet legendary artists, experience innovative events, and help bring the campus community together through the power of the arts and humanities. Volunteers will help at events, spread the word about programs, and provide feedback and ideas at volunteer gatherings. Expand your Visions and Voices involvement with a behind-the-scenes look at our programming and meet students and faculty across campus. Applications are currently being accepted. Priority for the fall 2015 semester will be given to applications received by Friday, August 28. To apply online, please click here.



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SPARK! 10th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff
Thursday, August 20, 5:30 p.m.
Pre-show performance at 4:45 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Space is limited! See below for details.

USC Visions and Voices’s annual arts extravaganza will kick off our tenth season with music, dance, theatre, and spoken word. Come early for an electrifying pre-show by DJs Urban Assault (aka Faust and Shortee). The fun continues with sensational street-dance troupe The Groovaloos and the irresistible alternative pop of Bellorage. Spoken-word artist Javon Johnson will move and inspire you with socially engaged lyricism, and comedian Kat Evasco will perform excerpts from her autobiographical one-woman show Mommy Queerest. The event will also include a welcome by Provost Michael Quick and a presentation by USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson. A post-show reception will follow featuring live music from the all-female Latin GRAMMY—nominated Trio Ellas. Plus, attendees will receive free Visions and Voices T-shirts and bags!
ADMISSION: USC students should line up and get a wristband on Trousdale Parkway in front of Bovard Auditorium. Wristbands, shirts, and bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Arrive early!
For more info, click here.



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Junot Diaz



An Evening with Junot Díaz
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. Reservations required.
Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize—winning author Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; This Is How You Lose Her). Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Díaz writes of the immigrant experience with a “potent blend of literary eloquence and street cred” (O Magazine). The MacArthur “Genius” is equally committed to art and to social justice: he co-founded the Voices of Our Nation Workshop for writers of color and serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, which provides education to undocumented immigrants. In a fascinating talk that is both literary and streetwise, Díaz will discuss writing, the border-transcending potential of literature, and the importance of centering marginalized voices.
Co-sponsored by El Centro Chicano.
For more info, click here.


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