Date and Time: Tuesday, July 31st, 9:30pm

Location: Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Queer cabaret and social event. The Revolution is Live is a queer cabaret and social event co-hosted with the LGBTQ Focus Group at Bella Luna, one of the city’s queer performance venues. Through both informal and more structured conversations, attendees will have the opportunity to meet, mingle, and discuss collaboration across ATHE’s focus group designations and ask, what is revolutionary about queer night life? The event will be MCed by theater artist Mal Malme and will include performances by two of Boston’s queer drag performers, Jayden and Just JP.

More information here. Questions about Act I? Contact Krista Miranda



Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1

9:15am meet up at Sorelle Cafe
Location: 100 Northern Ave

10:00am tour of ICA
Location: Institute for Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210

Tour and discussion at Institute for Contemporary Art. Personal tour of the Boston ICA to be bookended with discussion around how institutions deal with revolutionary content, led by ICA curators, including Ellen Tani. The ICA, for instance, has faced controversy with the recent presentation of “Open Casket,” an abstract re-rendering of Emmett Till by white artist Dana Schutz, and the early closing of an exhibition at the request of the artist, Nicholas Nixon, after multiple sexual harrassment accusations came to light against him.

Confirmed speakers: Dr. Ellen Tani (Assistant Curator, ICA)

ellen-tanibylizavollphotography-5337forwebsmPrior to coming to the ICA, Ellen Tani was at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, where she was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow. There, she taught classes using objects from the museum’s collection and acted as a key member of the curatorial team. She organized the exhibition Art and Resolution: 1900 to Today and advised collaborations with student and faculty. She also contributed to the museum’s strategic collecting plan, led faculty workshops, and developed a major public tagging initiative of the museum’s extensive collection. She developed Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, whose catalog she authored and edited. Her research engages the fields of American art, black studies, race & ethnicity, design, and conceptual art. Her writing has appeared in American QuarterlyArt Practical, Daily Serving, Temporary Art ReviewThe Chart, as well as the exhibition monographs of Charles Gaines and Senga Nengudi. Tani received her PhD in Art History from Stanford University

Questions about Act II? Contact Michelle Liu Carriger



Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1 at 12:15pm

Location: Institute for Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210

Lunch session on advocacy and activism in the job market. How are academics organizing and advocating in the context of precarious employment? What possibilities for alliances might be forged across the tenure/non-tenure/grad student divides? How can we help build structures of support and security beyond and across institutions? We’ll convene at ICA’s outdoor covered “grandstand” for lunch and a conversation on organized labor and collective bargaining efforts, particularly as they relate to grad students and adjunct faculty. Guest speakers include academic labor activists Angelica Pinna-Perez (Lesley), Anne Fleche (Northeastern), Sheridan Thomas (Tufts) and Kari Barclay (Stanford). Participants will also receive a link to a “starter pack” full of resources for getting involved. 

Questions about Act III? Contact Jessi Piggott

ACT IV – …NOW: Radical Pedagogy In and Beyond the Classroom

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1 at 2:00pm

Location: Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
Room: Bulfinch

Roundtable and workshop on radical pedagogy. The final session explores pedagogy as both a set of strategies that can be used in the classroom and as a practice with particular radical, queer, feminist, and revolutionary stakes. This roundtable-cum-workshop draws together a group of invited faculty members and community organizers to discuss their relationship to radical pedagogy. The afternoon concludes with a facilitated workshop on strategies to use in the classroom and in research.

Speakers include: Ellen Gerdes (PhD Candidate, UCLA), Professor Jessica Pabón-Colón (SUNY New Paltz), and Professor Patricia Ybarra (Brown University).

gerdesblackshirtphotoEllen Gerdes is a PhD Candidate in the Cultures and Performance program in UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department.  She has worked as a dancer, educator, and independent scholar in Philadelphia, teaching dance in K-12 public schools and at Temple University, Drexel University, Bucknell University, and Rowan University.  Her written scholarship explores intersections of politics and dance in the Chinese diaspora. Her dissertation focuses on the ways in which contemporary Chinese opera, dance, and social protest respond to Hong Kong’s neo-colonial status of “one country, two systems.”

Jessica Pabón-Colón is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY New Paltz. Pabón-Colón holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with specializations in Gender Studies, Women of Color and Transnational feminisms, LGBT/Queer Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Latina/o/x Studies, and Black Studies.

Ybarra, P HeadshotPatricia Ybarra is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is the author of Performing Conquest: Five centuries of Theater, History and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico (University of Michigan, 2009) and co-editor with Lara Nielsen of  Theater and Neoliberalism: Performance Permutations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her most recent book is Latino/a Theatre in the Time of Neoliberalism (Northwestern University Press, 2017). She was the President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2015-2017. She is also a director, dramaturg and the former administrator of Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theatre.

Questions about Act IV? Contact Gwyneth Shanks