Category Archives: Events

Knowledge – Tech – Identity

“The cleanest expression is that which finds no sphere worthy of itself and makes one”

-Walt Whitman, “Preface” the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass

“Instead of critiquing the current system, you have to make a new system that will render the previous system superfluous or irrelevant. So as artists we need to build institutions, we need to be institutional.”

-Pablo Helguera

Allow me to circle back to Nick’s question about Sommer’s reference to the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci, who used the terms ‘War of Position’ and “War of Manoeuvre” to describe two different phases in the class struggle. The “War of Manoeuvre” is a phase of open conflict between classes with the outcome determined by direct clashes between revolutionaries and the State. The “War of Position” is an incremental hidden conflict where forces seek to gain influence and power.

It is interesting to think with the war of position metaphor when considering the question of cultural agency and identity in digital networks. Interested? Well, consider this: on Thursday, April 6, at 4:00pm, in Rhodes S203, Dr. Bonnie Stewart, from the University of Prince Edward Island, will present “Digital Identities and Citizenship: Leading in the Open.” Here is a description of the talk, which I hope you will consider attending:

Today, the issue of digital citizenship is paramount to how we think about citizenship generally. How can we teach our students to utilize the web in addressing social and political problems and in creating healthy, responsible communities? How do we get our students to think about who they are when they are online? Who is responsible for teaching our students about web literacy and fact checking?

Stewart’s work investigates the intersections of knowledge, technology, and identity, and what networks mean for institutions. She examines networked scholarship, digital literacies, the tensions between open and closed learning practices, and the changing realities of contemporary higher education. Her research also explores community and issues of equity and influence in digital networks and digital publics, and examines the implications of social media models for learning.

Stewart is a founder and leader of the Antigonish 2.0 movement– a global, networked project on community capacity-building through a lens of citizenship and media literacies to address the current information ecosystem. It’s a global, networked project, working to build an open resource hub and a model for community adaptation…anywhere, anytime. Antigonish2 is based in the adult education tradition of the Antigonish Movement in Maritime Canada. Also see Ragged University and the Babel Working Group for comparable models.

If you are second-guessing your project, there is definitely one lurking here!

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Campus Happenings

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Doppelgänger Dance Collective presents five original contemporary dances performed by dancers of similarly versatile techniques and powerful physicality on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 at Redfern Arts Center. Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC), a duet project founded by dancers Shura Baryshnikov, daughter of the famed ballet dancer, and performing artist and choreographer Danielle Davidson, present world premieres of two new dances and perform three other works from their repertory of original contemporary dance performed with live music. Faculty and staff receive discounted tickets. Call the Redfern Box Office at 358-2168 or order onlineMore information at Redfern Events

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Campus Happenings

Made in China

Award-winning visual theatre company Wakka Wakka Productions performs its new, outrageously funny, puppet musical Made in China on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center.

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Made in China, a darkly comic musical inspired by true events, features 30 puppets, seven puppeteers, animated video, and music inspired by both American and Chinese traditions. Baby pandas, dancing appliances and romping middle-aged lovers populate Wakka Wakka’s universe of tiny-to-huge puppets, belting out original songs.

Made in China is a fantastical exploration of human rights, consumerism and morality as told through the unlikely love story between an odd middle-age woman and a Chinese ex-pat. Mirroring an actual event, the woman, who is an avid shopper, finds inside a recently purchased package a note for help from a worker in a Chinese labor camp. She decides to help this worker and enlists the support of her neighbor, a Chinese emigrant. They take a fantastic journey to China where the adventure continues. Wakka Wakka spins contemporary issues such as Chinese manufacturing practices and American consumerist complicity, into a vastly entertaining tale with surreal dimensions, lots of laughs and powerful take-aways.

The Redfern Arts Center presents several free Creative Connections outreach activities in conjunction with the Made in China performance.

            ● Used in Keene: An Exhibit, curated by IAART-399 Curatorial Practice students, examines the consumption of products made in China. The exhibit is on display March 10 to April 7 in the Main Lobby of the Redfern Arts Center.

            ● Wakka Wakka Productions’ resident teachers Peter Russo and Andrew Manjuck lead a Theatre Workshop exploring object based improvisation and devising with TAD 206 Acting: Scene Study students at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Redfern’s Wright Theatre.

            ●  Post-Show Meet and Greet Reception and Discussion with Wakka Wakka company artists in the Redfern’s Main Lobby immediately following the Thursday, March 23 performance.

Wakka Wakka puppeteers and puppets will attend the LOCALVORE Lunch at the Zorn Dining Commons on Thursday, March 23, from 11:45 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. to provide diners with a preview of the Made in China performance. The luncheon, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features food produced in New England with several Asian-inspired dishes as well other local favorites. The lunch costs $8.75 per person at the door. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or order online at keene.edu/arts/redfern.

Judging Histories by their Covers:

Reading & Seeing John Lewis’s Graphic Memoir March

 

1127-BKS-Lucas-SUB01-blog427A talk delivered by Michael Chaney, Chair, African American Studies, Dartmouth College

Wednesday, March 29 at 4pm Centennial Hall, Alumni Center

Professor Chaney’s talk draws from his study Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Graphic Autobiographic Novel (UP of Mississippi, 2017)

Sponsorship from: American Studies Program, English Department, & Keene State College Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism.