May 18th 2019


9 am Coffee and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am Introduction to Dance in the Midwest and in the Newberry Collection
Susan Manning, Northwestern University, Dance in Chicago
Alison Hinderliter, Newberry Library, Midwestern Dance in the Newberry Collection

10 am Coffee Break

10:30 am Session 1
Meida Teresa McNeal, Director, Honey Pot Performance, “The Chicago Black Social Culture Map: Notes on Building and Activating a Community Driven Archive”
Black Hawk Hancock, DePaul University, “What Does it Mean to Keep Dance Alive? The Lindy Hop in Translation and Transformation”
Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, New College of Florida, “Embodying Traditions: West African Dance and the Struggle for Cultural Equity in Chicago”

12 noon Break for Lunch

1:30 pm Session 2
Elizabeth Schwall, University of California, Berkeley, “Dancing between Havana and Chicago: Collaborating across Political Divides, 1959-2019”
Liesl Olson, Newberry Library, “Katherine Dunham on Page and Stage”
Jenai Cutcher, Director, Chicago Dance History, “Closed Circuit: Post-Vaudeville Tap Dance in Chicago “

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