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Jan Cohen-Cruz, Director of Imaging America, visits SOU campus

Jan Cohen-Cruz, the Director of Imagining America, will visit the SOU campus on March 2-3, 2009.  Jan will meet with various departments and students during her day, and give a public presentation in the evening of March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meese Auditorium of the Art Building.

Jan Cohen-Cruz is a scholar, practitioner, and teacher of grassroots, socially-grounded, and activist art. She wrote Local Acts: Community-based Performance in the US, edited Radical Street Performance, and, with Mady Schutzman, co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism, and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics. As a professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts from the late 1980s until 2007, Cohen-Cruz produced community-based arts projects with students. In the mid-1990s, Jan co-directed Tisch's AmeriCorps (President Clinton's domestic Peace Corps), on violence reduction through the arts. She coordinated the Drama Department's minor in applied theatre and directed Tisch's Office of Community Connections. She is among the founders of NYU's Department and Center of Art and Public Policy. In 2006-7, she co-conceptualized and co-initiated HOME, New Orleans, collaborating with Xavier, Dillard, and Tulane Universities, local artists, and residents of four neighborhoods. Cohen-Cruz has been a freelance practitioiner of Boal's "theatre of the oppresed" for 25 years. For more information about Jan Cohen-Cruz and Imagining America, visit the Imagining America website at http://www.imaginingamerica.org.

A complete schedule of her visit will be posted later.

If you are interested in more information about Jan Cohen-Cruz' visit, please e-mail:

morris@sou.edu.