URI Providence campus to host theatrical colloquium
on civil war and civil discord representations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- April 11, 2000 -- Scholars and performers from England,
Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Hawaii, China, Israel and more will head to
URI's Providence campus next October to take part in a four-day colloquium
on theatrical representations of civil war and discord. All sessions will
be open to the public. Anyone interested in presenting must submit a 300-word
abstract or proposal by July 1 to Dr. Gordon Armstrong, Department
of Theatre, Fine Arts Center, URI, Kingston, RI 02881.
Under discussion will be the restoration and recovery of societies' value
systems in the aftermath of civil war and civil discord as seen through
the eyes of playwrights, theater scholars, interdisciplinary faculty specialists
and other performance artists.
The first-of-its-kind colloquium is coordinated by Concerned Scholars
Colloquium, a private non-profit corporation in the service of multi-cultural
education. Dr. Gordon Armstrong, associate professor of URI's Theatre Department
is the project director. The executive committee includes Dr. John Emigh
of Brown University, Dr. Ann Norton of Providence College, Drs. Amrit Singh
and Tony Teng of Rhode Island College, and Drs. Guo-Ming Chen and Tom Morin
"We believe that theater is a universal medium that crosses all
boundaries of ethnic, cultural, and social prejudices. To expose the world
community to the common experiences of theater performances of civil war
across the globe is to begin to address the issues of isolation, of polarization,
of negation of similarities. The emphasis on differences leads to civil
distress. The identification of universal similarities in theatrical practices
can lead to new accords," says URI's Armstrong.
Some contributors' topics include "Faces of 500 Years of Civil War
in Spain," "Latino Theatrical Representations of Social Discord,"
"The Irish Question: the Aftermath of the Accords" "The Theater
of War: What I Learned from My Friends: Making Theatre During the Siege
Dr. Gordon Armstrong, 401-874-2706,
Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116