EFC Lecture: Centennial Tensions in Theatre Arts - Kim Marra

Centennial Tensions: A Wider Reckoning
with the History of the University of Iowa’s Theatre Arts Department

Kim Marra, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts and American Studies

How does an academic department commemorate its history amid this world-changing time of COVID-19 and ever more urgent need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion? How can it muster remembrance to account for its past at a predominately white, Midwestern land-grant institution while engaging current perspectives and future challenges? This presentation reconsiders the historical record to mark the Centennial of the UI Theatre Arts Department dating from 1920-21. Given that theatre in the department’s early decades was a more socially prominent as well as quintessentially in-person public activity, and theatre classes and play productions happened in the heart of campus, the department’s history offers an especially resonant case study of commemorative reckoning for the wider university community.

~ Sponsored by the Emeritus Faculty Council and the Office of the Provost ~

Thursday, March 24 4:00pm to Friday, March 25, 2022 5:00pm
Biology Building East
210 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240
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