an Arts & Ideas Weekend

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The story of Race in America goes back to this country's original settlement and over the past 400 years has been at the center of some of our greatest national traumas, as well as serving as the yardstick by which our progress towards a more equal and fair society is measured. The 2008 election of President Barack Obama marked a historic moment in that story, some even arguing that we were entering a “post-racial” era. However, as America’s first African-American President begins his second term, it is apparent both from the varied reactions to his Presidency and events beyond it, that race still serves as a critical fault-line in our society.
 
During Presidents Day Weekend (February 16-17, 2013), the Washington DCJCC will bring together authors, activists, politicians, academics, theater and visual artists, filmmakers and members of the community to examine the complex mix of issues and attitudes, history and ideology, personal relations and political calculations that create our contemporary understanding of Race in America. Through discussion and dialogue we will trace the impact of race in politics, our understanding of family, in the institutionalization and codification of national history and its continuing impact on popular culture, nationally and in our city.

The anchor for the weekend is the thought-provoking Theater J production of David Mamet’s Race. All ticket holders for Race are welcome to participate in the panel discussions or tickets to the discussions can be purchased separately.

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Saturday, February 16

Sunday, February 17

4:00 pm     Prologue  Jackie Robinson Steals Home & Other Meditations on the Presidency

11:00 am   Jazz Brunch
                Opening Plenary  A Second Term for the First Black President: Considering the Impact of Race at the Midpoint of the Obama Era
12:00 pm   Film Screening  White: A Memoir in Color
8:00 pm     Performance  Race

2:30 pm     Panel Discussion  A Place on the National Mall: The Politics of Representation

9:30 pm     Panel Discussion  Race and the Law: How Far Have We Come?

3:00 pm     Performance  Race

 

4:30 pm     Panel Discussion  Race and the Law in An Age of Scandal

 

7:00 pm     Panel Discussion, part of A Continuing Talk on Race (A.C.T.O.R.)  The Cultural Politics of a City's Comeback

  7:30 pm      Performance  Race
 

9:00 pm     Panel Discussion  To Praise or Pillory: The Case For (or against) David Mamet




Details

Festival Passes
are the most cost-effective way to experience everything the Arts & Ideas Weekend has to offer and get you priority admission at all Festival panels. Purchasing the option to add a discounted ticket to Theater J's production of Race by David Mamet gets you the total package. Check out our special discounts for patrons 35 and younger.


Individual Tickets may be purchased for all events by following the links below.


All programs take place at the Washington DCJCC except where noted. Speakers and programs are subject to change.
*If you would like to attend any event of Art & Ideas Weekend, but lack the resources to purchase a ticket, please contact our office so that an arrangement can be made to ensure your participation.


Check this space frequently as we are regularly adding new speakers and participants. Make sure we have your email to get the latest news.


Events



4:00 pm     Prologue & Opening Plenary

Prologue:

 
Jackie Robinson Steals Home & Other Meditations on the Presidency

Presented by E. Ethelbert Miller, poet and director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University

A multi-media think-piece on the backlash against the Obama Presidency, using as its model the audacity of the first African American in Major League Baseball’s unforgettable act of stealing home in the 1955 World Series against the NY Yankees and the outrage and inspiration it provoked.

Opening Plenary
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 A Second Term for the First Black President: Considering the Impact of Race at the Midpoint of the Obama Era

The re-election of President Obama has not inaugurated a post-racial era so much as highlighted a nation still deeply divided on attitudes towards race.  What will the future bring, as America continues to become more diverse? How will the experiences of the first term inform what is coming in the second?

Moderated by: Michel Martin, Host of NPR's "Tell Me More"

Featured Panelists
   •    Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center
   •    Michael Steele, MSNBC Political Analyst, first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee
   •    Maria Cardona, CNN Political Analyst
   •    Jenee Desmond-Harris, White House Correspondent, TheRoot.com

$20/$15 discounted member price

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8:00 pm     Performance
Race by David Mamet, directed by John Vreeke

An explosive new drama from the multiple award-winning playwright David Mamet, RACE tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two male lawyers are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of a black woman, while their female associate betrays an agenda of her own.


$60/$55 discounted member price


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9:30 pm      Panel Discussion
Race & the Law: How Far Have We Come?

Civil Rights attorneys reflect on the social advancements achieved through the courts during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement and the work still to be done, in a contemporary landscape.

Moderator:  Nan Aron, Founder and President of The Alliance for Justice

Panelists:
   •    Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia
   •     Lynn French, an attorney who teaches the History of the Civil Rights Movement at University of Virginia, she is Executive Director of Hope and a Home,
   •    Jim Murphy, Civil Rights attorney, worked with the Department of Justice in Mississippi monitoring marches, demonstrations and school desegregations
   •    William L. Robinson, the Olie W. Rauh Professor of Law, founding Dean of the District of Columbia School of Law
   •     John C. Brittain professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law


$10/$8 discounted member price

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11:00 am     Jazz Brunch
Enjoy the works of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman in a live performance by the DUBTrio with a selection of bagels, schmears and other brunch favorites prior to the screening of White: A Memoir in Color


Explore the exhibit, Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, on display at the Washington DCJCC Community Hall.


$25/$20 discounted member price. *Special Brunch/Film Combo $32.50



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12:00 pm       Film Screening  
White: A Memoir in Color directed by Joel Katz

"Adoption almost immediately brings up issues around race. There is nothing quite like having to identify what race child you are comfortable raising to make you look more deeply into your own identity.” So says filmmaker Joel Katz, the son of white, Jewish, immigrant parents and whose father was a professor at Howard University during the turbulent civil rights and black power period, an experience that challenged the elder Katz’s attitudes towards US race relations. The filmmaker confronts his own racial attitudes as he and his wife become adoptive parents to a mixed-race child.

1:00 pm      Post-Screening Discussion
Transracial Adoption & Biracial Identities: Families Speak

Moderator: Karen Finney, MSNBC Political Analyst

Featured Panelists:    
   •    Joel Katz, documentary filmmaker
   •    Peter Edelman, professor Georgetown University Law Center and former member of the Clinton Administration
   •    Janice Goldwater, Executive Director of Adoptions Together


$10/$8 discounted member price

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 2:30 pm      Panel Discussion
A Place on the National Mall: The Politics of Representation

The National Mall will add another museum in 2015. What does the addition of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture say about how we recognize and tell the stories of different racial and ethnic groups in America?

Featured Panelists:

   •     Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture   
   •     Kevin Gover, Director, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian
   •     Gonzalo Casals, Deputy Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio


$10/$8 discounted member price

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3:00 pm      Performance
Race by David Mamet, directed by John Vreeke

An explosive new drama from the multiple award-winning playwright David Mamet, RACE tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two male lawyers are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of a black woman, while their female associate betrays an agenda of her own.

$45/$40 discounted member price

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4:30 pm      Panel Discussion
Race and the Law in An Age of Scandal

From the Duke-Lacrosse to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, race and gender has a great impact on law, policy and how the public understands scandal. This conversation will recount the incendiary controversy ignited by these public scandals, and so many others, where race, class, and sexual aggression meet.

Moderator: Mychal Denzel Smith is a freelance writer and social commentator whose work has appeared in various publications, including The Nation, The Guardian, Ebony, theGrio, the Root, Huffington Post and GOOD


Featured Panelists
   •    Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, multimedia journalist who wrote extensively on the Duke Lacrosse rape scandal and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats
   •     Shawn Armbrust, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
   •    Aderson B. Francois, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University



$10/$8 discounted member price

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7:00 pm       Panel Discussion
The Cultural Politics of a City's Comeback

A new generation of authors and activists reframe many of the hot-button urban issues in our city, from gentrification to swagger-jacking to the city's changing demographic. This discussion is part of A.C.T.O.R (A Continuing Talk on Race), an open discussion series hosted by Busboys and Poets (14th & V St).

Moderator: Pamela Pinnock, founder of A.C.T.O.R. at Busboys and Poets

Featured Panelists
   •    Clinton Yates, columnist The Washington Post/The RootDC
   •    Sheryll Cashin, professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of Moving Toward a Culturally Dexterous Washington and The Failures of Integration
   •    Sheldon Scott, playwright, actor, and manager of Marvin's Restaurant
   •   
Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Politics Channel
   •    Amy Alexander, author Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention
   •    Angie Chuang, Assistant Professor, School of Communications, American University



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7:30 pm       Performance:
Race by David Mamet directed by John Vreeke

An explosive new drama from the multiple award-winning playwright David Mamet, RACE tackles America's most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. Two male lawyers are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of a black woman, while their female associate betrays an agenda of her own.


$35/$30 discounted member price

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 9:00  pm      Closing Panel Discussion
To Praise or Pillory: The Case For (or against) David Mamet

This discussion begins a multi-week debate about the enduring relevance of the works and words of David Mamet.

Moderators:
Ryan Rilette
, Artistic Director of Round House Theatre
Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J

Featured Panelists:
   •    Mitchell Hébert, Director of Round House Theatre's production of Glengarry Glen Ross and 2012 Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Lead Actor in Theater J's production of After the Fall
   •    Joy Zinoman, Director, Founding Artistic Director of Studio Theatre
   •    Javier Rivera - Assistant Professor Theatre/Music Theatre at American University
   •    KenYatta Rogers, Director, Educator, and Actor in Glengarry Glen Ross
   •    Jennifer Nelson, Writer/Director Founding Producing Director of African Continuum Theatre


$10/$8 discounted member price

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