|Date:||February 12, 2014|
|Time:||12:00 PM - 12:50 PM|
|Location:||Atwood Memorial Center Theatre|
|Description:||Speakers. The Beauty and Challenge of Living in
“Powerful, raw, honest” are words used to describe the three performance pieces hosted at this session. Each of our presenters explores a topic such as race and the significance of hair, navigating two (and more) cultures and ethnic labels, and discovering unique perspectives of self-identity. Through performance, story-telling, reflection and poetry, three women weave a web of meaning, acceptance, challenge and authenticity. Their examination and discoveries get at the heart of what it means to be a strong woman in 2014.
Presenters: Dr. Niloufer Merchant is a professor in the Community Psychology undergraduate and Community Counseling Graduate programs at St. Cloud State University. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and has served as the President of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. She has held other leadership positions, including Department Chair, Board President for the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota, Interim Director of the SCSU Women’s Center, and Interim Cultural Diversity Director for the St. Cloud School District. Her research and interest areas include group work, multicultural counseling and competence, mind-body healing, and social justice issues.
Dr. Tami Spry is a Professor of Performance Studies in the Communication Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. Her teaching, publication, and performance work focuses on issues of gender violence, mental health, race, and loss as articulated through performing autoethnography and non-traditional texts. Spry’s publications appear in Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, Women and Language, as well as various anthologies. Her book Body/Paper/Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography was published through Left Coast Press in 2011.
Hedy Tripp is an activist, educator, consultant and manager of W-Isms, LLC. She is also the Board Chair of the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and treasurer of the local St. Cloud chapter. Tripp has taught Asian American Studies and Human Relations at St. Cloud State University. She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the VirginiaMc Knight Binger Award in Human Service and the Dennis Thayer award for Excellence in Leadership.
|February 12, 2014||12:00 PM - 12:50 PM||Atwood Memorial Center Theatre|