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Taking inspiration from their current show, Thomas Gibbons's racially-charged A House With No Walls (see Zac Thompson's Reader review), the folks at TimeLine Theatre have organized a panel called Race in America: A Discussion With No Walls, set for 12/2.
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Harvette Grey, former executive director of the DePaul University Cultural Center, and include Dr. Eric Arnesen, professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Melissa Barton, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, currently teaching a course called “Staging Race: African-Americans and Theater in the 20th Century”; Dr. Valerie Johnson, associate professor of Political Science at DePaul University (and former national education spokesperson for Jesse Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH); and Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice. Excerpts from Gibbons's based-on-fact play will be performed.
The panel takes place Tuesday 12/2, 6-8 PM, at the University of Chicago's International House (1414 E. 59th). It's free, but make a reservation by calling 773-281-8463 x 24.