Coffee and Concepts: Truth, Storytelling, and the Ethics of Dramatic Editing

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
coffee and concepts

“Good conversation is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after,” says a not-too-ancient proverb.

This spring, we are happy to have you for coffee and conversation at the Center for Performance Studies. Coffee and Concepts is a series of colloquium-style, informal gatherings where scholars from across campus who work in the field of performance (broadly conceived) will be presenting new work and work in progress. Come and share the pleasure to be their first listeners and readers.


Laurie FrederikProfessor Laurie Frederik
Friday, April 26, 2 - 4 PM, Hutchinson Hall room 154

The Center for Performance Studies invites you for coffee and conversation with Laurie A. Frederik, a cultural anthropologist and performance scholar from the University of Maryland. Professor Frederick will share material from the book she is currently writing. The title of her talk is "Truth, Storytelling, and the Ethics of Dramatic Editing."

Laurie Frederik is a cultural anthropologist and an associate professor of performance studies and ethnography in the School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies, University of Maryland. She was director of the Latin American Studies Center from 2014-2017 and remains a member of the advisory board. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Departments of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Women’s Studies, and the Consortium for Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. 

Dr. Frederik has been conducting ethnographic research in Cuba for twenty years. Her first book, Trumpets in the Mountains: Theater and the Politics of National Culture in Cuba, published by Duke University Press, received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Book of 2012 by Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).  Her newest article about Cuba is titled “Poetic Imaginings of the Real Guantánamo (No, Not the Base),” published in both English and Spanish in Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom: the Humanities Respond (Palgrave 2017). Dr. Frederik co-edited Showing Off, Showing Up: Studies of Hype, Heightened Performance, and Cultural Power(University of Michigan Press 2017). 


Join us for the full April series:

NOTE: Olivia Gunn's talk, originally scheduled for Friday 4/12, has been cancelled due to family emergency. We will update this page when Dr. Gunn's talk is rescheduled. 
Friday, April 19th: Sara E. Freeman (theatre historian, University of Puget Sound)

All conversations will take place in Hutchinson Hall, room 154, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. All events are FREE and open to the public.

If you have questions about this series, please contact Stefka Mihaylova, Director of the Center for Performance Studies, at stefkam@uw.edu.

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