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October 21, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Catalyst Virtual: Dystopia and Disruption — The Role of Writing and the Arts in Social Impact

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Historically, the arts and literature have played important roles in bringing people together to challenge the status quo and offer new ways of looking at the world. This is evident in cultural movements like the photography of Kwame Brathwaite documenting the “Black is Beautiful” movement that began in the 1950s or the writings of Sandra Cisneros who humanized the Latinx experience as a pioneer of the Chicana literary movement. By disrupting norms or confronting dystopias, writers and artists have used their power to reshape realities, promote social change, and shift cultural narratives.

Janessa Robinson, whose work has been highlighted in TIME magazine and featured by filmmaker Ava Duvernay, will join us to explore the connections between art, writing, and social impact while unpacking the storytelling process. Also known by her stage name WPK, Robinson has also been published in the NAACP’s The Crisis Magazine, The Guardian, HuffPost, Salon Magazine, and EBONY.

North Park faculty members Dr. Helen Hawkins from the School of Music, Art, and Theatre and Dr. Nancy Arnesen from the English Department will host a panel discussion in response to Robinson’s presentation.

Virtual Meeting Info:

The session will be broadcast on Zoom and our Facebook Page Catalyst 606 and anyone is welcome to view and ask questions. If you are a student participating for class credit, please use the Zoom link sent to you by email so we can track attendance.

This event is sponsored by Catalyst. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. You may contact AmeriCorps VISTA Sneha Mathew (smathew4@northpark.edu) if you have any questions. Please join us for this important conversation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

12:30 pm–2:00 pm, CDT

Facebook Live or Zoom (Link in email)

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