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Dear Friends:

Thank you for helping us kick off the new season at “SPARK!” We had such a fantastic time and were thrilled to welcome so many new and returning students to USC at the beautiful USC Village! Join us next week for our first book salon highlighting Tom Stoppard’s powerful play, Indian Ink. We are also accepting reservations for an important conversation on U.S. immigration; a signature event featuring the stunning Vancouver-based contemporary ballet company, Ballet BC; an evening with incredible performance artists Tim Miller and Marga Gomez; and more. Keep reading for details on these and other great events.

—The Visions and Voices Team

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  Upcoming Events
Indian Ink
  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
  Upcoming Events
Marga Gomez and Tim Miller
  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. Reservations required. RSVP online now! 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 online now! 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 online now! 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, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Admission is free. While advance reservations are full, we are accepting waitlist reservations. 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
  Shot   Shot: A Film by Jeremy Kagan
Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 pm
School of Cinematic Arts 108
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 24, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
Join us for a special preview screening of Shot, the latest film by Jeremy Kagan, USC cinematic arts professor and founder of The Change Making Media Lab. Starring Noah Wyle, Sharon Leal, and newcomer Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Shot follows a couple on the verge of divorce and a bullied teenager as the three find their lives changed forever because of a gun. Developed as a response to the epidemic gun violence in America, this visceral roller coaster ride gives the audience a real-time experience of everything that happens when someone is shot. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on gun violence and its repercussions. MORE INFO
  Echo Theater Company   Echo Theater Company: Fixed by Boni B. Alvarez
An Experience L.A. Event

Sunday, September 24, from 3 to 7:30 p.m.
Atwater Village Theatre, Los Angeles
Admission is free and open to USC students only. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 29, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
The Echo Theater Company presents Fixed, a fierce and funny new play about a drag queen working in the infamous Malcañang Massage Parlor in Historic Filipinotown. When a forbidden love affair sparks tensions within the city’s hottest political family, two families must come together to understand the power of desire, identity, and honor. MORE INFO
  A Book Salon on Fyodor Dostoevsky   A Book Salon on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground
Tuesday, September 26, at 3 p.m.
Alumni Center Salon, Ronald Tutor Campus Center 302
Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, August 31, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
USC Slavic languages and literature professor Greta Matzner-Gore will lead a conversation on Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground, one of the books featured in President Nikias’s 2017 summer reading list. A short novel from 1864, Notes from Underground is widely considered the first existentialist novel—and perhaps even the book that marks the beginning of modernist literature. MORE INFO
  Juan Felipe Herrera   Poetry Workshop with Juan Felipe Herrera
Thursday, September 28, at 3 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library 241
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, August 30, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
Celebrated writer Juan Felipe Herrera will lead an intimate and interactive workshop exploring the craft and creativity of poetry. Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States and the first Latino to hold the position. His many books of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Half of the World in Light; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971–2007. MORE INFO
  Three Laureates: Poets of the New California   Three Laureates: Poets of the New California
Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, August 30, at 9 a.m. RSVP HERE
In a rare joint event, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis will come together on the Bovard stage for a reading and discussion about poetry and the role of place—in particular, the many places of California—in their creative work. These three highly decorated California poets will reflect upon how poetry and the written word contribute to our shared yet varied sense of place and community. MORE INFO

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