AUBURN – Performing artist, poet and anthropologist Gina Athena Ulysse will perform at Auburn University as part of a series of events celebrating the 2011-2012 Auburn Connects! Common Book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder.
Ulysse will offer three performances Oct. 6-8. On Thursday, Oct. 6, “Because When God is too Busy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre; on Friday, Oct. 7, a performance workshop will be held at 10 a.m. in Telfair Peet Theatre; and on Saturday, Oct. 8, “Why Feminist Analysis Matters to Haiti Now More Than Ever” will be held at 3 p.m. in Langdon Hall. All three events are free to the public.
Ulysse was born in Petionville, Haiti and is a professor at Wesleyan College. As a trained anthropologist, poet, performer and multimedia artist she weaves together drama, art, history, personal narrative and vodou chants to reflect and deconstruct childhood memories of her life in Haiti. Ulysse offers critical musings on geopolitics along with dispatches from various individuals she has encountered during the past year in post-quake Haiti.
Following the Thursday evening performance, a workshop will be offered Friday morning to explore the tenuous border zones between ethnography and performance. Ulysse will talk about why we need to engage with the visceral in the structural to participate in the decolonizing project of accessing and reclaiming a full and embodied subject. Her final performance Friday afternoon will be a lecture with audience interaction.
For a full schedule of Auburn Connects! events and more information about the program, go to http://auburn.edu/auburnconnects/.