The Circle: Exploring Self, Imagining Community Through the Ring Shout
April 13, 2017, 3:00-6:00 PM
Jackson Dance Lab

Using the Africanist circle known as the “Ring Shout” as inspiration and point of departure, visiting dance scholar, Dr. Carl Paris will lead an experiential workshop, exploring ways in which the expressive body and use of text can “imagine” community and social justice.
Free and open to the Tufts community.

Carl Paris holds a Ph.D. in Dance Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies (Temple University) and a Masters Degree in Dance Education (NYU). He has performed major roles with Olatunji African Dance, Eleo Pomare, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. He taught throughout Europe and in Spain where, in 1995, he received a national award in recognition for his contribution to the art and pedagogy of dance in that country. He has served on the faculties of California Institute of the Arts, NYU, Temple, and as a Martin Luther King Visiting Fellow at MIT. Since 2013, Dr. Paris has been at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he teaches courses in Race and Ethnicity, Africana Communities, Art and Culture in The African Diaspora, and gives presentations that incorporate dance and Africana art and culture as a tool for social justice.

This event is sponsored in part by the Tufts Diversity Fund and the Tufts Dance Program Innovation Fund.

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