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Dear Friends:

Thank you for helping us kick off the year at “SPARK!” We had an amazing time and it was wonderful to see so many of you there! Next week, we are thrilled to present one of today’s most important and exciting authors, Junot Díaz. If you haven’t already, be sure to make your reservation for this event now! RSVPs open this week for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, an Experience L.A. trip to see Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles at the Getty Villa, and a fascinating event about speculative design. This is also the last week to apply to be a Visions and Voices volunteer. We wish you all the best with the start of classes and we look forward to a wonderful fall!

–The Visions and Voices Team

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LOOKING AHEAD

10/3: True Tales from County Hospital, more info

10/6: Experience L.A.: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, more info

10/7: Experience L.A.: The Sound of Music, more info

10/10 & 10/11: Music as Resistance to Genocide, more info

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Volunteer

 

 

Volunteer for Visions and Voices!
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 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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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 and open to everyone. While advance reservations are full for USC alumni and the general public, a limited number of tickets are still available for USC students, staff, and faculty.
“An extraordinarily vibrant book that’s fueled by adrenaline-powered prose...[by] one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.”—New York Times on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
We are thrilled to present 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 has been involved with 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.
RSVP online now! For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet

 

 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Join us for a beautiful, soul-stirring evening with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Seamlessly combining classical ballet with diverse cultural traditions, the San Francisco–based company reinvigorates dance in bold and breathtaking ways. The program for this special evening will include Biophony, a riveting new work made in collaboration with natural-soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. From the rainforests of Borneo to a water hole in Kenya, Krause’s recordings of habitats in peril will accompany the dancers in a gorgeous ballet that reminds us of the interconnectedness of all life.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, August 25, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

 

 

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
By Luis Alfaro
An Experience L.A. Event

Friday, September 18
Depart USC at 6 p.m.; return at 11 p.m.
The Getty Villa, Malibu
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required.

Luis Alfaro—a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and author of the explosive Oedipus El Rey—continues his brilliant reexamination of the Greek classics through a modern lens with Mojada, a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides’s Medea transported to East Los Angeles. Medea, a Mexican seamstress with extraordinary skill, is running from a past filled with betrayals. On an epic, border-crossing journey with her husband, Jason, and their son, this reenvisioned Medea faces the complexities of family, tradition, and culture. Old and new worlds collide in Mojada and at the Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman villa, where Luis Alfaro’s gripping play will be performed in a classical outdoor theatre.
Open to USC students only. Students must use the provided transportation. RSVP online beginning Wednesday, August 26, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Design Fictions

 

 

Design Fictions :: Imagined Futures
Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

What do product design and advertising look like in a future where everything has collapsed? What do those things look like in a future where things have gotten radically better? To truly imagine the future, you need to visualize how things will look, guess at the elements the world will be made of, and brainstorm about how things might work. This is the fascinating realm of “design fiction”—the conceptualization, design, and fabrication of media artifacts, objects, spaces, and processes from speculative futures. A day-long event will bring together futurists, designers, and thought leaders for media screenings, discussions, and a hands-on creative workshop led by the Extrapolation Factory and the Situation Lab.
Organized by Jen Stein (Media Arts and Practice) and Jeff Watson (Interactive Media and Games).
RSVP online beginning Thursday, August 27, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Hybrid Visions

 

 

Hybrid Visions, Anxious Objects: The Musical Instruments of Ken Butler
Monday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Called “ceaselessly inventive” by the New York Times, visionary composer and performer Ken Butler turns everyday things into wondrous musical instruments, illuminating and transforming our ideas of common and uncommon objects, sounds and silence. “Butler can play anything from umbrellas to power tools,” wrote a Village Voice critic. And not only can he play any object, he can play it virtuosically and energetically, thrilling audiences with inventiveness and melody. Butler will bring some of his extraordinary hybrid instruments to USC for a performance and discussion, followed by an opportunity for the audience to play these unique and exciting instruments.
Organized by Karen Koblitz (Art and Design) and Veronika Krausas (Music).
RSVP online beginning Monday, August 31, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Urban Visions

 

 

Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice
- Gallery Exhibition: Monday, September 21 through Friday, October 2, School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, Room 120
- Lecture and Workshop with Rick Lowe: Saturday, September 26, 2 to 4:30 p.m., School of Cinematic Arts 108 and 120
- Explore Leimert Park Walking Tour: Sunday, September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free. The exhibition, lecture, and workshop are open to everyone. The walking tour is open to USC students only. Reservations required for the lecture, workshop, and walking tour.
Urban Visions: Art as Social Practice is a three-part series exploring the ways in which certain ubiquitous elements of city life somehow seem invisible. At a time when the arts as social practice is becoming increasingly institutionalized, can artists continue to promote ethical and meaningful public engagement? Participants are invited to experience interactive and immersive media art, talk with artists about how they reimagine urban space, and explore nearby neighborhoods with a guided arts tour. On Sunday, September 26, artist Rick Lowe, a recipient of the MacArthur “Genius Grant,” will present an overview of his own work, including the celebrated Project Row Houses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African American neighborhoods. After his talk, Lowe will lead a workshop on ways to connect art to neighborhood revitalization and community engagement. On Sunday, September 27, Lowe will lead a tour of Leimert Park, the historic and present hub of African American arts and culture in Los Angeles, during its monthly art walk.
Organized by Holly Willis (Cinematic Arts) and Annette M. Kim (Public Policy).
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, September 2, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Wounded Warrior

 

 

The Wounded Warrior: Outside the Wire’s Theater of War Presents a Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’s Ajax
Thursday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested.

Sophocles wrote Ajax in ancient Greece for an audience reeling from the ravages of war. The play tells the story of a fierce warrior who slips into a depression and ultimately takes his own life. Written by a veteran during an era of near-constant war, Ajax appears to have served a powerful public-health purpose, helping the Greeks address the moral, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of war. Through its innovative Theater of War program, the social-impact theatre company Outside the Wire will present dramatic readings from Ajax to catalyze discussion about how today’s veterans and their communities can heal from the deep wounds of war.
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics), and Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 1, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

The Gloaming

 

 

The Gloaming
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Friday, October 2
7:30 p.m.: Pre-show Conversation
8 p.m.: Concert
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Join us for a special evening with The Gloaming, the Irish-music supergroup whose 2014 self-titled debut album thrilled critics and audiences alike, landing on “best of the year” lists around the world. Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill, and Thomas Bartlett a.k.a. Doveman—a sean-nós singer, two fiddlers, a guitarist, and a pianist—reinvigorate an ancient musical tradition with thoroughly modern innovation. With lyrics drawn from historic and contemporary Irish literature, The Gloaming reworks Irish music while remaining faithfully connected to its roots. By turns rousing and ethereal, The Gloaming offers “a staggering display of both emotion and virtuosity” (The Guardian). Prior to the performance, Joanna Demers, associate professor in the USC Thornton School of Music, will host a pre-show conversation with Martin Hayes.
RSVP beginning Thursday, September 3, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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