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February 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome. Join Event on Vimeo!

In Conversation continues with “Black Theatre Matters,” a discussion with playwright and scholar Lisa B. Thompson moderated by Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies.

As the real-life drama of the Black Lives Matter movement unfolds around the country and the world, Thompson will discuss the continued relevance of Black theatre to the movement. Her recent collection Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays (Northwestern University Press, 2020), participates in the ongoing project of demonstrating the power and value of Black life in the BLM era.

Join program on Vimeo, no advance registration required.

About Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is a playwright, scholar, and professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009), Single Black Female (Samuel French Inc. 2012), and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Her scholarly and creative work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies; the University of Texas at Austin’s Humanities Institute; Harvard University’s W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute; the Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research; the Five Colleges; the University of California’s Office of the President; Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Hedgebrook; the Millay Colony for the Arts; and MacDowell. She is currently an inaugural fellow at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Faculty at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

About In Coversation

This free online public conversation series is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances (Fridays at Noon, Jan 29 through April 16). Featuring faculty-invited visiting artists and artists from Duke Performances virtual Spring 2021 season.

Before life moved onto virtual platforms like Zoom, Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosted casual artist talks in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center and in a variety of Durham community venues like the Pinhook and Cocoa Cinnamon. We miss these opportunities to connect with our audiences and artists, and we hope you’ll join us for this new venture.


"In Conversation" is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances.

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