Shannon Jackson visit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Iowa City Public Library
123 S. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Shannon Jackson, "The Way We Perform Now"

Join us for a fantastic public lecture by renowned theater and performance scholar, Shannon Jackson. 

Dr. Jackson's talk will focus on how art and performance have become social practices, focusing on creative new ways in which visual and performing artists are now collaborating—while also demonstrating the value of the reflective, interpretive role that humanities scholars can play in these collaborations.

Shannon Jackson, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California-Berkeley, will visit the University of Iowa as the guest of the Obermann Center. Jackson, a professor of Rhetoric and of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 to work on a new book, The Way We Perform Now.

Jackson directs the Arts Research Center, which is working to document the impact of the arts on communities, as well as way of documenting “outcomes” in the arts. She serves as Faculty Assistant to the Vice Provost in charge of creating a weekly training program and three half-day workshops for new and returning department chairs.

Jackson is the author of one of the most important studies of social practice art, Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (Routledge 2011). She has received numerous awards including the ATHE Notable Book Award, the Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies (NCA), the ATHE Best Book Award, the Kahan Scholar’s Prize in Theatre History (ASTR), and the Arts and Humanities Outstanding Service Award. She has held fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as several collaborative project grants from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, UCIRA, the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, and the LEF Foundation.

Jackson’s previous books include Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, and Hull-House Domesticity (2000) and Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity (2004). Her book The Builders Association: New Media for ‘Old’ Theatre, co-written with Carrie Weems, has just been published by MIT Press. In addition to a stunning record of publications and keynote address, Jackson works actively in exploring and supporting the ways that the arts can contribute to social change. In 2015, she will help to host the annual meeting of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life at Berkeley.

In her Guggenheim application for The Way We Perform Now, Jackson explains, “The book is conceived to integrate related secondary literature on art, culture and globalization in a wider creative economy, also exposing how local artistic sites are imbricated in international circuits of production.” Aside from new vocabularies and theories, each chapter will feature case studies of galleries, biennials, theaters, festivals, and other public spaces where cross-disciplinary performance takes place.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Performing Arts, the School of Art and Art History, the School of Music, and the Office of the Vice President for Research