April 27, 2012: Discussion: Renaissance Renegade: A Jessica Hagedorn Retrospective


Renaissance Renegade: A Jessica Hagedorn Retrospective

Friday, April 27, 2012, 2–8:30pm

Co-sponsored by NYU Departments of Performance Studies and Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts, Institute of Public Knowledge at NYU, and Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

  • Casa Italiana
    24 West 12th Street
    (btwn 5th & 6th Avenues)

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This event is free and open to the public.

This afternoon of discussion, performance, film, and music will showcase the interdisciplinary work of writer Jessica Hagedorn and culminates in an intimate evening of Q&A, book reading/signing by Hagedorn herself. Join us and an all-star cast of artists and scholars in this unique and celebratory event, curated by Professor Christine Bacareza Balance (UC Irvine).

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Philippines and came to the United States in her early teens. Her novels include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster of Love, and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is also the author of Danger and Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: an Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World. Her plays include Most Wanted, The Heaven Trilogy, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. She is the University Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA Program at LIU Brooklyn.

Program Schedule (please check for updates)

2pm Opening Remarks

2:15pm AT HOME IN THE WORLD: On Travel, Postcolonialism, and Writing
Allan Isaac (Rutgers University), writer Thulani Davis, and Robert Young (NYU)

3:30pm DOGEATERS: From Page to Stage
Actor Jojo Gonzales, actor/director Ching Valdes-Aran, and actor/director Mia Katigbak (NAATCO)
Moderated by Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA)

4:45pm DANGEROUS MUSIC: The Poetics of Performance
Performer/writer Robbie McCauley (Emerson College), performer Nicky Paraiso, and composer Mark Bennett
Moderated by Christine Bacareza Balance (UC Irvine)

6:00pm Reception

7:00pm One-on-One with Jessica Hagedorn, followed by a short reading
Moderated by Christine Bacareza Balance (UC Irvine)

8pm Book sales & signing