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Past Events:

The Moynihan Report: 50 Year Later A Social, Political & Historical Forum
March 18, 2015

Live Art Experience: Performance Art for Social Change By José Torres-Tama

José Torres-Tama through a multimedia performed analysis will transform the traditional lecture into a "live art" experience. He discusses performance art practices as creative strategies to initiate dialogue concerning issues of race, gender, gentrification, homelessness, and the AIDS crisis. Torres Tama cites the work of performance artists who have focused a creative eye on the difficult issues affecting our national communities and audiences are encouraged to participate in a discussion of art that dares to cross into political territory as a tool for social change. The event will be held on Monday, September 14, 2009 in the Aluminum Auditorium at 5pm. Reception will follow.

Performance Artist Jose Torrés-Tama

This one-man show explores the abandonment of a city and its people. The performance is a poetic and visual piece that describes New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This work is originated out of a personal urgency to offer the perspective of a Latino artist who directly experienced the apocalyptic abandonment of the city and was trapped with others in the wake of Katrina.

Torres-Tama was a direct witness of the destruction that took place in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In his critically acclaimed performance he recounts his dramatic escape from the flooded city of New Orleans. José fuses personal stories, exaggerated characters and storm film footage throughout his performance. The performance offers a moving work that with humor, visual rituals and politically proactive critique reflects the events in New Orleans.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 in the Schaeffer Auditorium at 7pm.

Artist to describe escape from flooded New Orleans

Reading Eagle

Artist Jose Torres Tama will perform "The Cone of Uncertainty: New Orleans After Katrina" on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University.

The performance describes New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Tama witnessed the post-hurricane destruction, and his performance recounts his dramatic escape from the flooded city.

He fuses personal stories, fictional personas and storm film footage in the performance.

The event is free and open to the public