Humanities Institute

Richard Schechner: "Dionysus in '69 and '09: Looking Back, Looking Forward"

Fri, November 13, 2009

Richard Schechner:

The Humanities Institute is pleased to welcome Professor Richard Schechner, this year's C. L. and Henriette Cline Centennial Visiting Professor in the Humanities. The University Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Schechner is a founding figure in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies. While on campus in November and December, Professor Schechner will offer a public lecture in the lecture series, and meet with faculty, students, and performing artists in the community.

Schechner's experimental approach to the theory and production of performance incorporates a broad multicultural perspective on the purpose of performance, and is undergirded by an interdisciplinary combination of anthropology, sociology, psychology, folklore, popular culture, feminist and queer theory, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, theater, and dance.

One of Schechner's most significant contributions is his ability both to draw from these disparate disciplines and to refigure the relations among these fields.

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