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Philosophy, Race and the Arts in Nashville Ballet's Lucy Negro Redux

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If you are within driving distance of Mississippi State University, please consider attending the conference March 31-April 2, 2023 on "Philosophy, Race and the Arts in Nashville Ballet's Lucy Negro Redux." The conference (funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the American Society for Aesthetics) is free and open to the public. It will include a showing of the Nashville Ballet program featured last year on PBS. 


FRIDAY, March 31: 

1-2:15 Public Lecture

  • Chair: Thomas Anderson (MSU)
  • Speaker: Nancy Isenberg (Università Roma Tre), "Make Way for Lucy: Tracing Blackness in Shakespeare Performance"

 2:30-4:30 Works and Process roundtable discussion and demonstration with Paul Vasterling (choreographer and artistic director of NB) Caroline Randall Williams (Poet) and Kalya Rowser (original Lucy); moderated by Rita Snyder (University of Alabama)

 5-7: Public Screening of Nashville Ballet's Lucy Negro Redux; Introduction by Julie Van Camp (Secretary-Treasurer, American Society for Aesthetics)

 SATURDAY, April 1:

 9:30-10: 45

  • Chair: Susan Feagin (Temple University)
  • Speaker: Gillian Lipton (independent Scholar), TBD
  • Respondent: David Davies (McGill University)


  • Chair: Alicia Hall (MSU)
  • Speaker: Thomas F. DeFrantz (Northwestern), "Amazing Grace: Rethinking Ballet and the Human"
  • Respondent: Richard Richards (University of Alabama)


  • Chair: Nancy Hargrove (MSU)
  • Speaker: Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University): "Rethinking an Ancient Philosophy of Art: Creation and Possession"
  • Respondent: Renee Conroy (Independent Scholar)


  • Chair: Donald Shaffer (MSU)
  • Speaker: Halifu Osumare, "The Black Female as Nature/Body in the European Imagination"
  • Respondent: Devon Bailey (University of Johannesburg)

Concluding Reception

 For more information: https://aesthetics-online.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1679338


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