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Dickinson College to Host Lecture on Bridge Building Through the Arts

Michael Rohd portrait.

Michael Rohd

Listening is the New Revolution

by Scout Meredith Best '21

Michael Rohd, co-founder of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, will discuss how to revolutionize arts and culture through dialogue and engagement in a virtual talk from Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. The lecture, “Devising Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution,” will take place Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in a public YouTube livestream. The link is available at the Clarke Forum website.

Rohd will discuss the role of artworks during the confluence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and continued protests for social justice. Through his work with arts councils, artists, nonprofits and local governments around the country, Rohd works as an advocate and bridge-builder for the contributions artists can make in these moments of change, reimagining and transformation.

Rohd is the founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. He is also an institute professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and lead artist for Civic Imagination at the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He also was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. Rohd is the author of the widely translated book “Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue.” His recent projects include collaborations and productions with Goodman Theater, Bush Foundation, Singapore Drama Educators Association, Americans for the Arts, Nashville’s MetroArts, ArtPlac Americae, Cleveland Public Theater, United Way, Catholic Charities USA, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Alaska, ASU/Gammage and Steppenwolf Theater.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre & Dance.


Published September 14, 2020