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August Wilson Society Announces Call for Papers for Upcoming Colloquium

8 Feb

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“Go Back and Pick Up the Ball” conference to be held April 26-28, 2018 at August Wilson Center

By Melonnie Walker

The August Wilson Society has announced a call for papers for its 2018 symposium event: “Go Back and Pick up the Ball: An August Wilson Society Colloquium” to be held April 26-28, 2018 in Wilson’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.

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The three-day event, co-sponsored with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, will be held at the Center’s location, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The event will feature of performers, directors, historians, scholars, politicians, Pittsburgh community members, and others who have been inspired by Wilson’s legacy.

The CFP includes proposals for panels, performance pieces and papers that embrace the central theme through the prism of Wilson’s art and politics.  Information on the call for papers can be found here: Press Release.

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Activities for the weekend will include a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, workshops and performances of Wilson’s plays by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a guided walking tour of Wilson’s Hill District neighborhood and the “Happy Birthday, August Wilson!” block party at Daisy Wilson Artist Community, Inc. on April 29.

To register for the Colloquium, visit the AWS website at: www.augustwilsonsociety.org

Hotel Reservations for the event can be made at: Colloquium Hotel Accommodations

Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh
745 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-281-2900
drury@druryhotels.com

The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded within Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2006, shortly after the passing of August Wilson at age 60. This group defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community of instructors, students, and theatre lovers who remain dedicated to commemorating August Wilson’s legacy by promoting the studying, teaching, researching, performing, and ultimately the safeguarding of the rich narrative of the African American past that Wilson has bequeathed to American Culture in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997.

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August Wilson Society Announces Pittsburgh Colloquium: Event Scheduled for April 26-28 at August Wilson Center

29 Jan

cropped-augustwilsonBy Mike Downing

The August Wilson Society, in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture, has announced a three-day event, slated for April 26-28, 2018.

Entitled, “Go Back and Pick Up the Ball: An August Wilson Society Colloquium,”  the gathering will feature actors, directors, historians, educators, scholars, politicians, poets, members of the local Pittsburgh community, and others “who have been inspired to art and action by Wilson’s charge,” according to the Society’s press release.

Symposium participants will revisit Wilson’s American Century Cycle plays to “raise issues and fashion solutions to the concerns addressed in his work.”

According to August Wilson Society President and Founder, Dr. Sandra Shannon, “We hope to raise and answer significant questions raised in Wilson’s writings, such as, what wisdom can we glean from his memorable characters? How did Wilson reconcile his art with his politics? How can the lessons of the past help solve the problems of today?”

DSC05886The event will feature a keynote speaker, followed by roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, workshops, and performances of Wilson’s plays by the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (Mark Southers, founder/ Producing Artistic Director).

A guided walking tour of the Hill District and the playwright’s boyhood home will be available to participants, as well as a“Happy Birthday, AugustWilson!” block party celebration on April 29 at Daisy Wilson’s Artist Community, Inc.

To register for the colloquium, click here.

The August Wilson Society (AWS) was founded within Howard University’s College of Arts and Sciences in spring 2006.. This group defines itself as an interdisciplinary learning community of instructors, students, performers, and theatre lovers who remain dedicated to commemorating August Wilson’s legacy by promoting the studying, teaching, researching, performing, and ultimately the safeguarding of the rich narrative of the African American past that Wilson has bequeathed to us in the form of 10 plays that chronicle the stories of African Americans from 1904 to 1997.

For more information:

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, Founder/President The August Wilson Society 202-806-5443, awscolloquium@gmail.com

Ms. Janis Burley Wilson, President/CEO The August Wilson Center for African American Culture 412-471-6070, BurleyWilson@AACC-AWC.org

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