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Dear Friends:

It’s Welcome Week at USC and we are so excited to welcome all of our new and returning students to campus! We will kick off the season this Thursday at “SPARK!,” a spectacular arts extravaganza at the USC Village featuring spoken word, comedy, music, and loads of free T-shirts and backpacks. We are also accepting reservations for our first book salon highlighting Tom Stoppard’s powerful play, Indian Ink; a critical conversation on U.S. immigration; and a signature event featuring the stunning Vancouver-based contemporary ballet company, Ballet BC. Reservations open this week for several events, including an evening with two iconic queer performance artists; a lively presentation tackling race through comedy; and two events exploring the green spaces and wilderness of L.A. Keep reading for details, and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday at “SPARK!”

—The Visions and Voices Team

 
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  Upcoming Events
SPARK!
 
 
  SPARK!   SPARK! 12th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff
Thursday, August 17, at 8 p.m.
Pre-show DJ Set at 7:15 p.m.
USC Village
Admission is free and open to USC students, staff, and faculty only with valid USC ID. USC students, staff, and faculty may bring one non-USC guest per ID. All guests must arrive with their USC hosts. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Arrive early!
Kick off the year with an incredible event featuring the electrifying DJ duo Urban Assault, National Poetry Slam champion Javon Johnson, hilarious stand-up comics Atsuko Okatsuka and Jessica Sele, and one L.A.’s favorite bands, Chicano Batman, who has performed at Coachella and has been selling out shows across the country! There will also be presentations by Provost Michael Quick and USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson. Plus, attendees will receive free Visions and Voices T-shirts and backpacks! MORE INFO
 
 
  Upcoming Events
Ballet BC
 
 
  Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink   A Book Salon on Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink
Wednesday, August 30, at 3 p.m.
Alumni Center Salon, Ronald Tutor Campus Center 302
Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP online now! RSVP HERE
Join us for lively conversation and sweet treats in this new event series in which students can dig deeper into selected titles from the President’s Summer Reading List. Award-winning playwright and USC dramatic arts professor Paula Cizmar will lead a stimulating conversation on Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, a profound exploration of colonial relations, the impact of culture on art, and the complexities of our notions of home, history, and time. MORE INFO
 
 
  US Immigration Today   Borders, Bans, Walls, and Welcomes: U.S. Immigration Today
The Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems

Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library 240
Reception and book signing to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP online now! RSVP HERE
In a globalized world where millions are being displaced by such wicked problems as war, climate change, and poverty, immigration has become one of the most pressing and divisive issues of our time. Following an introduction by Provost Michael Quick, Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; theatre artist Leilani Chan; and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Roberto Suro will discuss the experiences of immigrants and refugees and the values and challenges of national borders. MORE INFO
 
 
  O Solo Homo   O Solo Homo: Performances by Marga Gomez and Tim Miller
Wednesday, September 6, at 7 p.m.
Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall, USC Brain and Creativity Institute
Admission is free. RSVP beginning Monday, August 14, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
A special evening of queer performance will feature iconic artists Marga Gomez and Tim Miller. Gomez is a groundbreaking San Francisco–based Latina stand-up comic, solo performer, and founding member of Culture Clash. Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist who has written and performed more than a dozen solo works. They will perform selections of their work followed by a discussion with USC professors David Román and Luis Alfaro. MORE INFO
 
 
  Wild LA   Wild L.A.
Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library 240
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 15, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
A dynamic conversation will consider the green spaces, mountains, and wilderness on the edges of Los Angeles and their connections to urban ecosystems and communities. Panelists include environmental historian Char Miller; urban wildlife expert Beth Pratt-Bergstrom; native-plants activist Nicholas Hummingbird; and Nathan Masters of the USC Libraries. MORE INFO
 
 
  Stand Ups Speak Out   Stand-Ups Speak Out: Comedy, Race, and Identity
Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Tommy’s Place, Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 17, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
Can we joke about race in America? Performances by stand-up comedians David A. Arnold, JR De Guzman, Jenny Yang, and Priyanka Wali will prove that we can laugh our way to a more just world. Dwayne Colbert (The Second City, Veep) will emcee an uproarious evening exploring race, identity, stereotypes, “political correctness,” and comedy that centers and celebrates communities of color. MORE INFO
 
 
  Wild LA   Wild L.A. Guided Hike
An Experience L.A. Event

Sunday, September 10
Depart USC at 10 a.m.; return at 3 p.m.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 15, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
The rugged mountains north of Los Angeles are home to one of America’s first national forests and one of its newest national monuments. Explore this wild ecosystem on a guided hike with environmental and wildlife experts and activists. MORE INFO
 
 
  Ballet BC   Ballet BC
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Wednesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP online now! RSVP HERE
“Entertaining and brilliantly executed.”—The Ottawa Citizen
Encounter the ballet of today in an evening of bold and innovative performances by Ballet BC, the internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet company based out of Vancouver and led by Artistic Director Emily Molnar. Performing a diverse repertoire of works by Canadian and international choreographers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Ballet BC’s dancers are dynamic, deeply thoughtful, and delight in collaboration. MORE INFO
 
 
  Dr. Camara Jones   Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism
A Lecture by Dr. Camara Jones

Monday, September 18, at 1 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
Reception to follow.
Admission is free. Reservations requested. RSVP beginning Wednesday, August 23, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
Dr. Camara Jones, the immediate past president of the American Public Health Association, will discuss the structural causes of unequal race-associated health outcomes. Her remarkable “illustrated” tales about racism and the barriers to health equity foster dialogue, enhance understanding, and inspire advocacy to end racism and injustice in health care. Jones is a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. MORE INFO
 
 
 

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