You Say You Want A Revolution: Art as Protest from Civil Rights and the Irish Troubles to Apartheid and the Arab Spring

‌Lecture Series Description: Freedom movements don't happen in a vacuum. They borrow from, transform, and empower each other: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Apartheid, the Civil Rights Movement and the Irish "Troubles," Paris '68 and the Arab Spring. In six sessions, we'll explore how poets, songwriters, filmmakers, and mural artists have contributed their voices to freedom movements from Belfast to Berlin, South Africa to South Central. How have musicians (Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Miriam Makeba, U2, Hamilton composer Lin Manuel Miranda) reflected social-political realities and played a role in global cultural transformations? How do public murals (Picasso's Guernica, Derry's Bogside murals, East Berlin's walls, Banksy's art on the streets of London and Jerusalem) serve as monuments of political protest and catalysts for cross-cultural exchange? How have playwrights and filmmakers used the stage and screen to raise awareness and inspire social change? Each week, we'll place two cultural-geographic sites in comparative dialogue to contextualize specific freedom movements as part of global waves of change.

Lecture Series Information: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., starting April 5, 2018, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Lecture Series EducatorDr. Casey Jarrin is a professor, writer, and documentary photographer dedicated to bridging Twin Cities communities through innovative education and arts outreach. After earning an English Literature Ph.D. from Duke and English/Music B.A. from Yale, she taught Literature and Media Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul for nearly a decade, where she developed courses on art, war, ethics (Literature & Film of the Vietnam War; History, Memory, Political Violence; Modern Irish Literature & Apocalypse; Art & Empathy; Immigration, Faith, & the New American City). She has led global seminars from New Orleans and New York to Belfast and Berlin. Most recently, she has facilitated Veterans Voices workshops through the Minnesota Humanities Center. In 2015, she founded Live Mind Learning and Live Eye Photography to run community empathy workshops, facilitate collaborative art projects, and empower students of all ages.

Fee for the series:  $90 per person

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Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus:

Apr. 5

What's Goin' On

Music, Murals, and the Art of Protest

Apr. 12

Freedom Songs

Civil Rights and the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland

Apr. 19

Walls Come Tumbling Down

1989, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the End of Apartheid

Apr. 26

Youth Makes Change

A New Wave from Paris 1968 and Prague Spring to the Arab Spring

May 3

Poets, Prisoners, Prophets

Indian and Irish Independence from Gandhi to Bobby Sands

May 10

We Are the World?

International Human Rights, Popular Music, and Waves of Change