Feb. 16, 2018
In this Obermann Conversation, jazz musician Amir ElSaffar (Hancher guest artist) and playwright Lisa Schlesinger (Professor, UI Theatre Department) share their journeys as artist-activists whose work interprets strife and crisis for audiences that may feel removed from such global events. What tools do artists have to elucidate violence and injustice that might feel distant or even unimportant to some audiences? What can musicians, theater makers, and other artists add to conversations that might otherwise be relegated to politicians? The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies supports artists, scholars, and researchers – independently and in cross-disciplinary collaborations – as they unearth, explain, and engage the past, and invent the future. For more information about their programming, visit https://obermann.uiowa.edu/. Moderated by Hancher Presents co-host Micah Ariel James, this episode was recorded before a live audience at the Iowa City Public Library on Tuesday, February 6th.