Greek Drama in African American Theatre

March 12th and March 13th, 2010
Evans Alumni Center, Northwestern University


Conference Schedule

Friday, March 12, 2010

12-1pm:
Sandwiches and coffee

Welcome remarks

1-2:15pm:
Sandra Richards, Northwestern University
"African American Theatre: Why the Greeks?"

2:15-3:45pm:
Patrice Rankine, Purdue University
“The Classics and Drama: The Case of August Wilson”

3:45-5pm:
Justine McConnell, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Sophocles and the Spiritual: Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s ‘The Gospel at Colonus’”

5:30-7pm:
Readings from Sophocles' Ajax by John Douglas Thompson
Discussion panel with Daniel Banks, Peter Meineck and John Douglas Thompson.
(in the Hagstrum Room, rm. 201 University Hall)

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

9:00am
Breakfast

9:30-10:45am
Peter Meineck, New York University
“Hip-Hop Heroics: Grandmaster Oedipus and Will Power's ‘The Seven’"

10:45am-12pm
Kevin J. Wetmore, Loyola Marymount University
"'Aeschylus Got Flow!': Afrosporic Greek Tragedy and Will Power's ‘The Seven’"

12-1pm
Buffet Lunch

1-2:15pm
Nancy Rabinowitz, Hamilton College
“Afrocentrism or Assimilation: the Case of Rita Dove's ‘Darker Face of the Earth’”

2:15-3:30pm
Melinda Powers, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
“Diversifying Greek Drama in Harlem”

3:45-5pm
Daniel Banks, New York University
“BYWORD FOR EVIL: Countee Cullen's MEDEA trilogy at Williams College”

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Sponsored by: The Andrew Mellon Foundation,
Department of African American Studies,
Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama,
Classical Traditions Initiative, and the Department of Classics.