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John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy


Performance, Politics, and Civic Dialogue Series

The West Forum and the Winthrop University Department of Theater and Dance work together each spring to promote civic engagement through the arts. This year's series includes:

 

Breastfeeding and the Breast in Contemporary Political Culture 

Dr Michael Lipscomb will explore the multi-layered meanings of the breast. Is it a sexual organ, designed to attract and please sexual partners in private but hidden from the public? Or is it an asexual organ with a specific, biological purpose (to feed babies)? This lecture will explore the myriad competing interpretations of the breast, discuss how women must navigate between them if they choose to breastfeed and need to breastfeed in public, and how government, public opinion, employers, and social mores both help and hinder women’s breastfeeding choices. Cultural event status pending.

Date: Thursday, March 6, 11am

Location: Owens G02

 

Half Naked and Running: From Breast Cancer to Public Action

Humorist and Activist Tania Katan will hold a performance and lecture about her experiences with breast cancer and her own brand of activism to fight the disease. Cultural event status pending.

Date: Thursday, March 13, 11am

Location: Johnson Theater 

 

Breast Cancer and the Politics of the Pink Ribbon

Dr Marilyn Sarow and Dr Karen Kedrowski will present a lecture about breast cancer activistm. Breast Cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women. Once considered too shameful to discuss except in private, today breast cancer is out in the open. Races, walks, politics, yogurt containers, celebrity disclosures, tell-all books: breast cancer and its symbol, the pink ribbon, are everywhere. This lecture will describe and analyze the origins and the success of the breast cancer movement, and the current critiques and challenges it faces. Cultural event status pending.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 11am

Location: Owens G02

 

The Mineola Twins: A Comedy in Six Scenes, Four Dreams, and (at least) Six Wigs by Paula Vogel

This campy romp follows the lives of the twin sisters, Myrna and Myra, through the Eisenhower, Nixon, and Bush administrations. As the twins are polar opposites in their politics, ethics, and bra-cup sizes, they embody the good girl/bad girl, virgin/whore dichotomy that limits women's individual successes, failures, and personal journeys. Played out in bad wigs, stuffed bras, and dream sequences, this comedy elucidates the bond of sisterhood that binds us in ways that transcend biology, public opinion, and political affiliation. Adult Language and Adult Content.
Directed by Laura Dougherty


Date: Wednesday, 9 April through Saturday, 12 April 2014 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 13 April 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Johnson Theatre
Tickets: $8 with Winthrop ID/$15 general public. Reserved Seating