Dixon-Montgomery presents at CILH conference

Jessie Dixon-Montgomery (Modern Languages) presented at the CILH (congreso internacional de literatura hispánica) in Mérida, Mexico March 8-10. Her presentation was “El Pro-greso: The Discourse on Puerto Rican Culture and Identity through the Underground Hip-hop of SieteNueve”

Ragan Presented in Mexico

Robin Ragan (Spanish) presented at the Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Mérida, Mexico on March 10. Her presentation was entitled “Censorship in Music Lyrics and Concerts in Post-transition Spain”

Though many categorize the early 80s as a time of great freedoms and experimentation, the censoring of political music tells another story. While sexual freedoms and attitudes about drug use were indeed indicative of a cultural pendulum shift, the censoring of music lyrics and concerts, designed to criticize the democratically-elected PSOE party policies on NATO, show us that little had changed in this arena.

Gonzales Blog Post

Teresa Gonzales (Anthropology and Sociology) recently wrote a blog post on the Everyday Sociology Blog about racial and cultural representations in popular media.

Excerpt:
“On the one hand, the stories and cultural artifacts that we, as a society, choose to produce and amplify reflect our cultural values. On the other hand, they also work to frame what we value, and how we understand difference and find moments of connection across, within, and between our diverse experiences. In a country as racially and economically segregated as ours is, cultural representations on television, in the newspaper, and at the movies may be one of the few lenses that people have to make sense of the world around them.”

Rep Term XVII Peformances

The Repertory Theatre Term XVII productions of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and The Secret in the Wings continue to perform through Saturday.

NEIL GAIMAN’S NEVERWHERE
adapted by Robert Kauzlaric
directed by Liz Carlin-Metz
video trailer = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z3icbuhJIY
Under the streets of London there’s a city inhabited by the people who have fallen between the cracks. A single act of kindness catapults Richard Mayhew into this world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. A strange destiny awaits him beneath his native city in “Neverwhere.”

…..AND…..

THE SECRET IN THE WINGS
by Mary Zimmerman
directed by Jeff Grace
video trailer = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LicldBjDE_M
Adapted from two European folk tales and four lesser-known fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, The Secret in the Wings encourages audiences to question and sometimes not trust their own eyes because some things are not always as they first appear.

When & Where:
Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere performs in HARBACH Theatre
Tuesday, March 1 — 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 3 — 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 — 7:30 pm

The Secret in the Wings performs in STUDIO Theatre
Wednesday, March 2 — 7:30 pm
Friday, March 4 — 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 5 — 2:00 pm (matinee)

Tickets:
$10 for Adults / $5 for Senior Citizens & Alumni
Free to all Students, Faculty and Staff

Tickets are available at the door an hour before each performance,
or advanced reservations can be made by calling (309) 341-7472 or e-mailing knoxtheatre@knox.edu
**Seating is limited for The Secret in the Wings: reservations are strongly encouraged.