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The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back the country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. The American Repertory Theater, in collaboration with the literary magazine Pangyrus, welcomes the third season of Resistance Mic!, a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times.

Launched on November 9, 2017—the one-year anniversary of the day after the 2016 election—Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. The host is Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

The Resistance Mic! on October 8 will feature Harvard University Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Dr. Cornel R. West, Zimbabwean American poet, author, speaker, singer and educator U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Boston-based Poet, performer, and educator Krysten Hill, author J.D. Scrimgeour, editor Greg Harris, and scholar, educator, and social justice activist Tim McCarthy.

Artists

Cornel R. West (@CornelWest) is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual who is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard in three years and obtained his MA and PhD in philosophy at Princeton. The author and editor of more than 20 books, he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span, and on Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. Professor West made his film debut in The Matrix, and has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call + Response, Sidewalk, and Stand. He has made three spoken word albums, including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. Professor West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. For more, please visit: http://www.cornelwest.com.

 

Krysten Hill (@KrystenSHill) received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found in apt, B O D Y, Boiler Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. For more, please visit: http://www.krystenhill.com.

 

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo (@UMeleni) is a Leominister, MA, born Zimbabwean American grown poet, author, actress, singer, and educator who has performed nationally and internationally in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Portugal, and Ireland. She was a featured storyteller on WGBH’s Suitcase Stories for her immigrant story “Seeds, Soil & Water.” Her poetry collection “Soul Psalms” was described as “written in a fearless female voice tempered with optimism and healing possibilities of love.” In 2018, she was a keynote speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as the 15th Annual Refugee Conference in Lowell, MA. An accomplished and dedicated educator with two decades of experience, she has facilitated programs on health and wellness, arts education, violence prevention, empowerment/life skills, social emotional well-being & long-term behavior change in youth and adults. She is a member of the New England Poetry Club and an advisory board member of Write On The Dot. When not performing her work, she is a fitness advocate and marathoner who was interviewed on the Emmy Award-winning Basic Black on WGBH. Mhlaba-Adebo is often running 5K’s and marathons with her spouse and young son for charity. For more, please visit: www.u-meleni.com.

 

Greg Harris (@storyplace) is founding editor of Pangyrus LitMag and founder and co-director of Harvard LITfest. Faculty at Harvard University since 2003, Greg has been recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. He is on the board of Green Cambridge and a contributor to the New Voices Project: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Review, Jewish Fiction, Earth Island Journal, and elsewhere. His audio-recording “Champion of Hot Peppers” won a 2001 National Parenting Publications Association Gold Medal for storytelling. His translation of Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s novel Jazz, Perfume, and the Incident was published as part of the Modern Library of Indonesia (2012). For more, please visit: http://www.pangyrus.com.

J.D. Scrimgeour writes about class, race, education and place in prose and verse. His essay collection, Themes For English B, won the AWP Award for nonfiction. His most recent book of poetry is Lifting the Turtle. For the last 23 years he has taught at Salem State University and lived in Salem. One of his ancestors, Mary Towne Eastey, was put to death in the Salem Witch Trials. Another sat on the jury that found her guilty.

Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, writer, educator, and activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. Twice named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program for low-income adults in Dorchester, MA, and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in Spring 2019. An A.R.T. Board Member, he is the host of Resistance Mic! and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. You more, please visit https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/timothy-patrick-mccarthy.

Host

Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, writer, educator, and activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. Twice named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program for low-income adults in Dorchester, MA, and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in Spring 2019. An A.R.T. Board Member, he is the host of Resistance Mic! and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. You more, please visit https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/timothy-patrick-mccarthy.

 

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American Repertory Theater (@americanrep) at Harvard University is a leading force in American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater
by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theater experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.

Pangyrus LitMag (@Pangyrus) publishes stories, poems, essays and journalism that make artful and original connections, explore the unexpected, and break the constraints that keep people and ideas isolated. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we publish continuously online, and in print twice a year, including a special Resistance-themed issue in Fall 2018. You can find our latest publications and news at pangyrus.com.