Category Archives: African Studies

Helping Teens Empower Themselves Wherever She Lands: Heather Davis

>When Heather Davis was in the Individualized MA program (Transformative Language Arts concentration), she focused on how spoken word performance and writing could help at-risk teens find their feet and walk toward better lives. She didn’t realize at the time … Continue reading

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Katt Lissard: Watch The Contamination Waltz – a new 7 minute video about HIV/AIDS and theatre for social change in Lesotho, southern Africa.

The Contamination Waltz highlights the creative process of the Winter/Summer Institute (WSI). Since its launch in 2006, WSI has been bringing performers and directors, students and teachers, together from three continents to create collaborative theatre in Lesotho. IMA faculty member, … Continue reading

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Amanda Sandos : Writing, Art and Environment

>Amanda Sandos, a current IMA student, is studying environment art through visual arts and creative writing to explore the deep ecology connections between animals and humans. A staff writer for Got2BeGreen, and a volunteer at the Maier Museum of Art, … Continue reading

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Taina Asili: Writing, Singing and Facilitating Toward Home

>Taina Asili was already a songwriter, artist, writer, activist and workshop leader when she started in IMA’s Transformative Language Arts concentration. Through her studies of the power of singing, storytelling and writing to help people resist post-colonial oppression, particularly in … Continue reading

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Katt Lissard & the Winter/Summer Institute: Changing the World Through Theatre

>Katt Lissard, IMA faculty member, believes theatre can be an effective vehicle for social change, especially when it comes to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2006, along with colleagues from the U.S., U.K., South Africa and Lesotho she … Continue reading

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