“Culture Jamming 101” is the first of four spring presentations of Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men.
(Jan. 15, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Since he is proficient in guerilla theater, which involves putting on a show just about anywhere an audience gathers, you can never tell when or where activist and author Andrew Boyd might appear. However, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a bead on him for Wednesday, Jan. 28.
On that date, Boyd will present “Culture Jamming 101” at the Colleges.
The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men welcomes Boyd and three other guest speakers to campus this semester. Each will bring a new dimension to this year's series theme, “Global Education, Educating Globally.” Lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the library, and each guest also will participate in a roundtable discussion the following day at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center, 212 Demarest Hall. All events are free and open to the public.
First on the docket is “Culture Jamming 101.” Hailed as a “master satirist” and “committed humorist,” Boyd uses guerrilla theater, media stunts and creative direct action to fight social and economic injustice and inequalities. Events such as 100 Musical Chairs (a human bar-graph of economic inequality) and Precision Cell Phone Drill Team (corporate executives in power suits on military style maneuvers) derive from his intellectual approach of “grabbing a powerful idea from culture or the academy, turning it inside-out, putting a handle and a grin on it, and sending it back out there.” As the character “Phil T. Rich,” Boyd was one of the driving forces behind the satiric projects Billionaires for Bush (or Gore) and the Million Billionaire March.
Founder and director of the arts and action program United for a Fair Economy, Boyd is also author of “The Activist Cookbook,” a sourcebook for activist workshops, and, most recently, “Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe.” His writings on global resistance movements and their use of the Internet have been featured in The Nation and the Village Voice. Boyd is an adjunct professor at New York University.
The other spring 2004 speakers are:
• Filmmaker and journalist Zarqa Nawaz (Wednesday, Feb. 18) Nawaz has created a trilogy of films she calls “terrordies”–comedies about terrorism–to confront stereotypes associated with Muslims. . The title of her talk, “Putting the Fun Back in Fundamentalism,” is the motto of her production company, FUNdamental Films. She will introduce her films and discuss their development
• Nelly Stromquist (Thursday, March 4) Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education and affiliated scholar in the Center for Feminist Research and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, Stromquist researches issues related to international development, education and gender. She will discuss “21st Century Women: Confronting Postmodernity and Globalization.”
• Rabab Abdulhadi (Wednesday, April 7) Abdulhadi will give a talk titled “Critical Pedagogy, Cultures of Resistance and Thought Police: Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Time of War.” Drawing on her research in the United States and the Arab world, including Iraq, she will focus on the function of criticism and critical thinking when policing mechanisms are tightened. Abdulhadi is an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.
Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son, Alexander, graduated from Hobart College in 1993, the Center seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.