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Dear Friends:

Join us tomorrow night as we launch the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems with a special event on homelessness. This weekend, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will host a three-day festival exploring the role of comedy in tackling issues of diversity, inclusion, and social change. Plus, we are accepting reservations for several great events, including an evening with the internationally best-selling author Irshad Manji as well as an evening on transgender media featuring artists and media makers, including talent from the Emmy-winning series Transparent. Keep reading for details!

—The Visions and Voices Team

  Upcoming Events
  Homelessness: Stories from the Shadows   Homelessness: Stories from the Shadows
The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems

Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. We also encourage you to attend on standby. Check-in begins at 6:15 p.m.

Join Provost Michael Quick for an illuminating event on homelessness featuring Dr. James O’Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor and founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. O’Connell, who has been providing medical care to people who live on the streets for three decades, will share stories of struggle, survival, hope, and humanity, followed by a conversation with Professor Suzanne Wenzel of the USC School of Social Work. MORE INFO & WAITLIST
  Diversity and Inclusion Summit   2nd Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit
Presented by the USC School of Dramatic Arts

Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30
Various locations on USC's University Park Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

The USC School of Dramatic Arts will present a series of interactive workshops, panel discussions, and performances focused on race, class, and gender in theatre, television, and film. The summit was created to foster community through civic and conscious dialogue around issues of race, gender, culture, and identity. MORE INFO
  The Comedy Festival   USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3—The Changing Face of Comedy
Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30
Various Locations at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Admission is free. Limited spaces left, so RSVP now! Some events are sold out and standby will be available. RSVP HERE

Comedy creators are advancing the discourse around race, religion, the economy, gender, and sexuality. Over the course of three days, screenings of key works and panels featuring such guests as Paul Feig, Norman Lear, Issa Rae, Maria Bamford, and Jay Roach will illuminate the way that comedy addresses issues of inclusion, diversity, and social change, yet still keeps us laughing! MORE INFO
  The Trans/Gender Tipping Point   The Trans/Gender Tipping Point
Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

The past year has been called a “tipping point” for the media representation of transgender and gender-variant people. But trans activists continue to fight for basic rights. Two discussions will feature experimental media makers along with producers, directors, and actors from the Emmy Award–winning series Transparent, exploring the many meanings of trans visibility in mainstream and experimental media, and the shifting nature of trans politics. MORE INFO
  Irshad Manji   Forbidden Questions about Islam: Turning Polarization into Constructive Conversation
An Evening with Irshad Manji

Thursday, November 3, at 6 p.m.
Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Muslim feminist author and activist Irshad Manji is a widely sought after speaker who has appeared on numerous media outlets, including HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, BBC World News, CNN, and FOX News, to name a few. She is the author of the internationally best-selling book, The Trouble with Islam Today. In an interactive multimedia forum, she will answer students’ most candid questions about her faith, even those many would deem “offensive.” MORE INFO
  Theater Mitu   Theater Mitu: JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology
An Experience L.A. Event

Friday, November 4, from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m.
Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Limited spaces left, so RSVP now! RSVP HERE

Theater Mitu, a dynamic New York City–based ensemble of artists, will perform JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology. In the past decade, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, emerged as the “Murder Capital of the World.” Across the border, El Paso, Texas, branded itself the “Safest Large City in America.” Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, the play is a powerful theatrical exploration of this border community. MORE INFO
  RSVP Reminders
Tom Kalin
  Designing Utopia   500 Years of Utopia: Designing Utopia
Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

What does utopia mean in the context of 21st-century Los Angeles—a sprawling, heterogeneous built environment that poses increasingly serious sustainability challenges? This conversation will explore the role of design in attempting to create utopia amid the complex realities of contemporary L.A. Panelists include landscape architect Mia Lehrer; Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne; architect and USC professor Victor Jones; and game design expert and USC professor Jeff Watson. MORE INFO
  Tom Kalin   Tom Kalin: Fictionalizing History and Reinterpreting the Past
Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP HERE

Tom Kalin is a key figure of New Queer Cinema. His critically acclaimed work, which ranges from experimental video installations to narrative feature films, explores some of the most shocking crimes of the twentieth century. In a conversation with USC professor Howard A. Rodman, Kalin will present clips of his films and discuss the aesthetic and ethical complexities of making movies about murder, sex, and queer history. MORE INFO
  The Met in HD   The Met in HD: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Sunday, November 13, at 12 p.m.
Frank Sinatra Hall, Norris Cinema Theatre
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, October 24, at 10 a.m. RSVP HERE

Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music, we will present a delayed satellite broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, one of the greatest operas of all time. The charismatic Simon Keenlyside sings the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de theatre. Fabio Luisi conducts. MORE INFO
  Ainadamar   USC Thornton Opera Presents Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar
Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m.
Bing Theatre
Admission is free for USC students, staff, and faculty; tickets will be available at the door with valid ID. General public ticket prices vary. BUY TICKETS

The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, will perform Osvaldo Golijov’s award-winning opera Ainadamar. With a Spanish-language libretto by renowned playwright David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) imagines the final hours of the brilliant Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. MORE INFO
  Jookin' with Buck   Jookin’ with Buck
Wednesday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m.
Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, Room 106
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, November 3, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley received international attention in 2011 when a video of his improvised performance with cellist Yo-Yo Ma—who declared Lil Buck a “genius”—went viral on YouTube. Since then, he’s blown audiences away performing with Madonna at the Super Bowl, New York City Ballet, and Cirque du Soleil. Now is your chance to learn the Memphis street dance jookin’ from Lil Buck himself in an intimate and wildly fun, high-energy workshop. MORE INFO
  WHAT MOVES YOU   WHAT MOVES YOU Featuring Lil Buck and Ashley Bathgate
Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, November 1, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE

Spectacular dancer and choreographer Lil Buck and acclaimed cellist Ashley Bathgate will come together for a mesmerizing performance that reveals the intricacy of the relationship between movement and music. They will be joined by a special guest, the incredible movement artist and choreographer Jon Boogz. In this remarkable performance, Buck, Boogz, and Bathgate breathtakingly push the boundaries of what dance and music can be. MORE INFO
  Looking Ahead
  1/19: Kurt Weill Before Broadway, MORE INFO
1/20: What Does Hopscotch Sound Like?, MORE INFO
1/20: Hopscotch in Concert, MORE INFO

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