A public lecture by Shannon Jackson followed by a conversation with Lynne McCabe
November 14, 2012

Shannon Jackson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities in the Departments of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also currently the Director of the Arts Research Center at Berkeley. Jackson’s most recent book is Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics (2011); she is also working on a book about The Builders Association. In 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC Berkeley. Other awards and grants include: Lilla Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Performance Studies (NCA); Junior Faculty Fellowship, Radcliffe College; the Kahan Scholar’s Prize in Theatre History (ASTR); the Spencer Foundation Dissertation fellowship; the Black Theater Network; the National Endowment for the Humanities, and several project grants from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, UCIRA, the San Francisco Foundation, and the LEF Foundation. While she no longer actively performs now, her previous work White Noises was recently included in Hamza Walker’s curated exhibition Black Is, Black Ain’t  and will be represented in its catalogue. Past book publications include Professing Performance (2004) and Lines of Activity (2000).

Jackson serves on the boards of Cal Performances, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.  She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, has been a keynote speaker at a variety of international symposia, and has co-organized conferences and residencies with the Arts Research Center, The Builders Association, Touchable Stories, American Society of Theatre Research, the American Studies Association, the Women and Theatre Project, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Multi-campus Research Group on International Performance, and UCB’s Center for Community Innovation.  Jackson was an Erasmus Mundus visiting professor in Paris at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Nord and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles for the 2008-09 academic year. Before moving to Berkeley, Jackson was an assistant professor of English and Literature at Harvard University from 1995 to 1998. She is also the author of Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, and Hull-House Domesticity (2000) and Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity (2004).

This lecture and conversation are organized by Lynne McCabe as part of Room to Be (Ms.)understood: A Social Sculpture Workshop.

LOCATION: Blaffer Art Museum Media Room, University of Houston, Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd