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American Ethnic: Post-Show with Beau Basel Beaudoin

Beau Basel Beaudoin was recently named the 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year for the State of Illinois by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is a "border crosser" -- racially, culturally and artistically. She is a media analyst, a specialist in multicultural learning, and a professor in the Television Department of Columbia College Chicago. She created and coordinates Culture, Race and Media, a course that examines the concept of ethical responsibility for media-makers regarding race, class, gender and culture. With degrees in psychology, music, television production and education, Beau's philosophy is that media making in any form influences everyone and must be examined.

This post-show discussion immediately followed the performance of American Ethnic, a spoken word and hip-hop infused exploration of how the media shapes the way we see race, gender and ourselves. American Ethnic was written and performed by hip-hop theater artist Usman Ally, NEA Award-winning performer Idris Goodwin and three time HBO Def Poetry Jam performer Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. It was directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate Nick Sandys.

Remy Bumppo's thinkTank features short dramatic works with a focus on provoking timely conversation about a social, political or economic issue in which Chicago citizens have a stake. A post-show discussion follows, led by speakers from the community representing various viewpoints on thinkTank's theme. Past topics include immigration (2007) and national security (2008).


Recorded Friday, March 27, 2009 at The Greenhouse Theater.

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