Music and puppetry performances about economic justice are the first event in the spring Fisher Center lectures with the theme “Laboring Under Globalization”.
January 16, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—The spring Fisher Center lectures kick off with an event called “When the HEN crows: Music, Poetry and Puppetry as Movements for Justice.” Artist-activists Jolie Rickman (singer/songwriter), Colleen Kattau (singer) Lenelle N. Moïse (performance poet, playwright, actor, choreographer and activist) and Bernice Silver (puppeteer) from the HEN Foundation will perform works directed at economic justice and peace-with-justice at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. A roundtable discussion will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Fisher Center (Demarest Hall, room 212). The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
The HEN Foundation (www.henfoundation.org), whose name is based on the saying by Confucius “When the hen crows, the state will fall,” raises and distributes funds for artist-activists who work for anti-oppression, cultural innovation and peace-with-justice. The artists:
• Critically acclaimed musician, widely recognized activist, and music coordinator for “Democracy Now,” Rickman has recorded albums “Suffer to be Beautiful” and “Sublime Detonation”. She also appears with singer/songwriter of “New Song” and labor activist Colleen Kattau on “Sing it Down: Songs to Close the School of the Americas”.
• Moïse is an out Haitian-American activist and winner of the 2002 New World Theatre Poetry Slam. Her published works include “Writing the Wrong: Making Schools Better for Girls” from “In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School”. She is co-screenwriter of the upcoming “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” a film investigating the U.S. media influence on Third World teenagers.
• Recently heralded the “queen of puppetry” by the University of Washington for her lifelong work as a socially conscious puppeteer, Silver is featured in the Puppeteers of America video “The Queen of Potpourri”. Silver writes her own puppet scenarios, performs at theaters across NYC.
Five other speakers over the semester will expand on the theme “Laboring Under Globalization” by addressing India's middle class, freemasonry, women's labor, expressions of water, and the identity of African-American women.
The spring schedule is as follows:
• Sociologist Raka Ray will discuss “India's Globalizing Middle Class and the Imperatives of Domestic Servitude” on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
• Historian Martin Summers will address “Diasporic Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transnational Production of Black Middle-Class Masculinity” on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
• Film maker Ursula Biemann will show her film “Performing the Border” and talk about “The Global Geography of Female Labor” on Wednesday, March 26.
• Artists Bonnie Rychlak, Carol Cole and Mark Jones will deliver remarks, and student docents will illuminate works, for the exhibit “H2O” at the opening on Friday, April 4, at Houghton House on the Colleges campus. (No roundtable discussion afterward.)
• Artist and writer Beverly McIver will give “Mammy How I Love You” on Wednesday, April 9.
Most events are at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus, and most speakers will also participate in a roundtable discussion the following morning at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center (212 Demarest Hall). All events are free and open to the public. More information is available at the Fisher Center Web site http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/fishercenter/events.asp.
Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.