March Events

Queer Monologues

Mar 1. 8:00 p.m.

Cabaret, Summer Street

A collaborative work of monologues written and performed by Queer Emerson students.

Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch a coffeehouse opera

Mar. 2, 7:00 p.m.

Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, Paramount Center.

Othello in the Seraglio, a uniquely powerful “coffeehouse opera,” tells an age-old story of passionate love and murderous jealousy, of a black slave at the 17th century Ottoman Court who rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The multi-layered script is by NEC music historian Robert Labaree, while the stunning score, by Boston composer and Grammy nominee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, weaves together Italian Baroque and Turkish sources with his own newly-composed music into a tapestry of uncanny beauty. Othello is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists, singers and a dramatic storyteller. At 7 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Pulitzer prize winning scholar, Stephen Greenblatt, on the diverse societies of Islam and the treatment of race in Shakespeare. The performance itself will start at 8:00 p.m.

Invisible: Imprints of Racism

Mar. 3,4,10 and 11

Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center

The hour-long piece Invisible: Imprints from Racism, is a mixed genre performance that utilizes modern and hip hop dancers from’s (see Boston Globe review) cast who combine with three of Boston’s finest poets to plumb the emotional issues of race in urban America. Under the directorial leadership of choreographer Anna Myer and playwright Jay Paris, the performance explores the difficult parameters of what divides us but also what is available beyond anger and victimization to what we share in common that can lead us to empathy.  The full length piece is enhanced by the music of Andrew Bird. The piece is followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience.

The Future of the Past: Open Wound and Stories of Partition

Mar 06, 9:00 a.m. – Apr 02, 2017 5:00p.m

Marran Gallery: 34 Mellen Street Cambridge, MA 02138

How can personal narratives help most accurately contextualize the complex cultural histories, identity, and collective memory of the brutality of the British India Partition? Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s photo-animation exhibit, “Open Wound: Stories of Partition”, and the work of The 1947 Partition Archive seek to address that gap by giving voice to the turmoil experienced by those who were displaced by the Partition.

Feminist Global Health as Peace Research: Lessons from Breast Cancer Advocates in Nigeria

Mar. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cheever House – Wellesley College

In this presentation, Confortini will discuss a co-authored work in progress that seeks to examine global health approaches to the emerging cancer ‘epidemics’ in Nigeria through a feminist peace studies lens. Drawing lessons from Nigerian breast cancer advocates, Confortini and her co-author seek to uncover and untangle the different forms of violence that lie at the heart of global health responses to cancer in the Global South. A feminist-informed, peace studies approach to global health is necessary, they argue, to fully understand how global health interventions can advance, rather than hamper, greater justice and human flourishing. This program is part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.

Hidden Gems, A Program of Award-Winning Films by Pioneering Artist and Filmmaker Camille Billops

Mar. 29, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center

The program will include Suzanne, Suzanne, which chronicles the life of a survivor of domestic abuse, and was selected for preservation in the 2016 National Film Registry by the Library of Congress; Finding Christa, which documents Billops’s reunion with her daughter and explores intergenerational relations, and was winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film; and Take Your Bags, Billops’s examination of slavery and cultural theft told in an informal, familiar storytelling style.

Joshua Sobol Lecture: “Theatre as a Form of Resistance to Oppression”

Mar. 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Semel Theater, Tufte Performance and Production Center

An opportunity to meet one of Israel’s most esteemed writers and intellectual thinkers. How can theatre be used as a mean towards social change? Engage with Joshua Sobol as he lectures on theatre as a form of resistance during oppression. Joshua Sobol (Playwright in Residence) is a playwright, director and author. Sobol has written over 75 plays and directed productions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Israel and the United States.





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