The Office of Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter of Emerson College
a note from Dr. Sylvia Spears Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion
“ It is now our responsibility to make
sure all members of our community feel safe here and are included in the circle of care. ” Angels and Devils
Many of us watched in horror as bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Photo by Jeff Mehling Marathon a couple weeks ago. The bombs not only sent shockwaves across Boylston Street and into the lives of those who were wounded, but it also shook our collective sense of reason, logic and safety. We struggled to understand what would cause anyone to do such a horrible act, only to recognize that there is no reason and no logic, at least not one that most human beings can fathom. While we struggled to find our way, so did so many across the City of Boston and in other areas. For some, glimpses of comfort would not come so quickly. In fact, their safety was threatened, even after one of the alleged bombers was dead and the other had been caught. Within hours of the bombing, internet chatter indicated that a “Saudi national” was a suspect. Police raided the apartment of Abdulrahmann Ali Alharbi, a 22-year-old student from Saudi Arabia who was recovering in a Boston hospital from shrapnel wounds incurred from the blasts. CCN’s John King reported that a dark-skinned man was taken into custody. Not surprisingly, that report suggested that the dark-skinned man was wearing a hoodie. Photos of two young men were plastered on the front of the Washington Post, calling them “Bag Men” and persons of interest to federal authorities. One of them was Salah Barhoum, a middle-distance runner who was unable to run the marathon but decided to go and watch it. Then there was news that a man from Bangladesh, was attacked by a group of men outside an Applebees in the Bronx for being a “f**king Arab.” It was described as an act of retribution for the marathon bombings. A Palestinian woman in the Boston area also reported that she was struck by a man who yelled” F**k you Muslims. You are a terrorist…” And Heba Abolaban was assaulted and harassed, as she and her friend were walking with their children. Both were wearing hijabs. All of these people were innocent victims of a rush to judgment in a time of fear. And now as we know more about the suspects’ backgrounds and their origins in Chechnya, anti-immigrant sentiments are spewing into the press, all fueled by more fear and more mistrust. Cries to limit access to the U.S. and to make it more difficult for “others” to immigrate to the “home of the free and the land of brave” are circulating among those chosen to represent us in Congress. Permanent residents and naturalized citizens who have committed their lives to positively contributing to their communities in Boston and across the country walk in fear. Fear that they will become victims of random acts of violence, violence that is motivated by racial profiling and growing anti-immigrant sentiment. There are some people
right here at Emerson who fear they are no longer welcomed on our campus, and now only walk the nearby streets in pairs. Their long tenure at the College provides them with little solace because they know how quickly they can be cast aside as neighbors become enemies, and our co-workers fall under suspicion because they speak with an accent. They have seen it before. They shed tears and pray that no harm comes their way. In times of fear, we quickly differentiate between “us” and “them.” We delineate the good people from the bad, the patriots from the terrorists, the “real” Americans from the immigrants, and the “angels” from the “devils.” With fear as our motivation and hate as our companion, we quickly move to dehumanize others. Sadly, we fail to recognize that in order to dehumanize others, we must dehumanize ourselves first. As Tim Wise noted during his lecture on campus last week, the reality is that we all have the capacity to be both angels and devils. There, but by Grace, go each one of us. In the days immediately following the bombing we tried to reclaim our lives. We came back to work and our students returned to their academic studies. Our community came together at the Cutler Majestic and in that grand hall we found comfort. Tears shed there were a salve relieving some of our pain and moving us closer toward healing. In that space, and in that place, we felt just a little bit safer. It is now our responsibility to make sure all members of our community feel safe here and are included in the circle of care.
- Sylvia C. Spears
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Inclusive Excellence Award The Inclusive Excellence Award honors members of the community who have demonstrated leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion at Emerson. Honorees are selected based on their commitment to social justice and the demonstration of creativity, innovation, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is proud to honor: Dr. Tamera Marko for her extraordinary work instructing the Maintenance Worker Conversational English/Spanish course. Dr. Marko is currently serving as Assistant –Director of the First Year Writing program and a Lecturer in the Department of Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Dr. Marko’s translingual course brings together Emerson maintenance workers and Emerson students in the spirit of community, mutual respect, and personal empowerment. The students, maintenance workers and undergraduates in this course, collaboratively produced writing for a presentation at the 5th Annual First Year Writing Showcase and will publish a book online. We are pleased to honor Tamera and the students in the Maintenance Worker course for their commitment to inclusion at its highest level.
David Dower for his creativity and leadership in developing authentic ways to engage Boston’s communities of color in the performing arts through the ArtsEmerson Ambassadors Project. Mr. Dower is currently serving as the Director of Artistic Programs for ArtsEmerson. Moving beyond traditional approaches to enhancing audience participation in the theater among communities of color, the Ambassadors Project develops opportunities for the exploration of barriers, as well as the discovery of new access points for communities of color through an innovative form of participatory action– research. We are pleased to honor David Dower and the participants of the Ambassadors Project for their commitment to community collaboration and innovation.
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Feature Faculty Spotlight: Thomas Cooper
Every day, we are inundated with media. Messages come to us through magazine covers, TV commercials, celebrity Tweets, our friends’ Facebook statuses, and a slew of other means; and though we may not always be aware of it, this conglomerate of words and images has a profound effect on the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Because Emerson College is an arts and communication school, and many of the institution’s students go on to careers in mass media, it is important that students understand how to effectively and ethically use media. This is the focus of study of Thomas Cooper, Ph.D. (University of Toronto), a professor in Emerson’s Visual & Media Arts department. A crucial part of his curriculum is how the media handles issues of diversity. Since his formative years, Cooper has been passionate about diversity issues. In an interview with The Luminary, Cooper explained that he wanted to “awaken [himself] deliberately” while an undergraduate at Harvard University, and sought out eye-opening multicultural experiences. He immersed himself in cultures outside of his own, spending time in African American and gay communities to gain a broader cultural perspective. He was also exposed to such radical groups as the Black Panther Party and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Cooper’s penchant for multicultural immersion has followed him into his career.
He uses his sabbaticals to “study healthcare. The case study dramatized a communication through someone else’s eyes.” In 1999, Cooper lived with the Navajo hypothetical scenario revolving around people, the Native people of Hawaii, and the Cooper’s fictional alter ego, Terrence “Terry” Shuswap people of British Columbia for this Cooper. A prominent Massachusetts elected purpose, and has spent time with the Amish public official, Terry is also an adjunct to discover “what we can learn from their professor at Emerson. He finds out that he has cancer, and may only have a few communication ethics.” “In many parts of my life, I’ve put myself months to live. Distraught by the news, he into cultures that were not my original tells his class about his condition, and later Caucasian, Euroamerican culture, to learn confides in a few students that he not just in theory, but from experience,” underwent a gender transition from female to male twenty years before, and that he is Cooper said. in the process of converting from Cooper’s current book project, Profiles and Integrity, chronicles eleven Christianity to Judaism. Because Terry plans “highly courageous leaders” throughout to run for reelection, he soon realizes that history and across the globe. The book will he has made a mistake in trusting this examine an array of figures, including potentially detrimental personal information William Wilberforce, who spent twenty years with his students, each of whom must face the ethical dilemma during the eighteenth “We tend to think we’re of whether or not to and nineteenth teaching multiculturally “out” Terry to the centuries in political when we’re teaching the public through their advocacy to abolish media the English slave content of the multicultural.” particular focus. trade; Rachel Carson, -Thomas Cooper The students in whose 1962 bestseller Silent Spring alerted the world to Cooper’s Ethics & Communication class the dangers of artificial pesticides; and took on the roles of Terry’s students and as well as politicians, Nelson Mandela, former president of South relations, Africa and anti-apartheid activist. Each of philosophers, and activists. Each offered a these figures had to make difficult personal unique perspective on the dilemma, ethical decisions for the good of a large displaying the breadth and seriousness of the issue. group of people. After the staging, Cooper opened up Cooper said that he, too, has had to make tough ethical choices in the course of the discussion to a panel of guests: Mycroft Holmes, chair of the Massachusetts writing the book. “Throughout my life I’ve taken strong Transgender Political Coalition’s Faith ethical stands, and sometimes these stands Outreach & Liaison Committee; Eileen have great risks for my family and others,” Flanagan, a healthcare worker and Cooper’s Cooper told The Luminary. “I’ve often had to wife; and Emerson’s own Rabbi Albert “Al” decide which issues to take a stand on, Axelrad. The panelists brought their own specific areas of expertise to the table, despite the risk.” In the classroom, Cooper uses dynamic providing professional insight into this ways to teach his students about issues of difficult case. Cooper said that the case study diversity in the media. On Thursday, March 22, Cooper hosted a case study and panel examines the tough ethical decisions media discussion in the Little Building’s Cabaret, professionals must face when reporting on issues, and that Terry’s focusing on issues of privacy related to personal religious conversion, gender transition, and predicament was inspired by many real-life 3 firstname.lastname@example.org April 2013
Feature cases. “No matter how you’re outed, it’s usually very painful and sensationalized,” he said. Cooper also explained that the idea for the case study was conceived ten years ago, after one of his students identified himself as transgender to him. In listening to the student’s story, Cooper realized that he and many of his colleagues were largely uninformed of the issues the trans community faces. “[Talking to the student] sufficiently sensitized me to some of the issues he faced again and again in the classroom,” Cooper said. The case study represents just one of the many ways that Cooper has incorporated issues of diversity into his career in academia. He closed his interview with The Luminary with a remark that multicultural education should not merely inform, but also engage students in “feeling the rhythm and respecting the rhythm of other cultures.” “We tend to think we’re teaching multiculturally when we’re teaching the content of the multicultural,” Cooper stated. This sense of compassion and empathy defines Cooper on both a personal and professional level, and shines through in every aspect of his work.
By Blake Campbell Office of Diversity & Inclusion staff
Freedom Rises at Museum of African American History
Edmonia Lewis (Image from theslideprojector.com)
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Perched on Beacon Hill is a powerful testament to the history of race relations in the United States. Through photographs, documents, artifacts, and other ephemera, the Museum of African American History compellingly chronicles the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in the Boston area. Their current exhibition, Freedom Rising, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and showcases the efforts of Boston abolitionists, spanning three centuries of Bostonian African American history. Wellknown for its progressive attitudes toward race, Boston was particularly important in the movement to end slavery, and Abraham Lincoln specifically recognized the city for abolishing the practice and bringing the Civil War to a close. “Very few people clearly understand the role that Boston played in bringing abolition about,” said Lynn DuVal Luse, the museum’s Director of Marketing and Public Programs. DuVal Luse and her colleague L’Merchie Frazier, Director of Education at the museum, gave The Luminary an in-depth tour of Freedom Rising, providing insightful commentary on the museum’s rich collection. Highlights of the exhibit include articles
of clothing belonging to prominent white abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (18051879), and the final issue of The Liberator, the anti-slavery periodical that Garrison churned out on a weekly basis for 35 years. The display documents the influence and achievements of eminent figures such as Frederick Douglass, as well as lesser-known contributors to the abolitionist cause, such as Underground Railroad “conductor” Lewis Hayden. Frazier expressed the museum’s intent to “give the public a very different lens into the history than they’ve had previously,” and Freedom Rising achieves this by detailing the lesser-known facets of the abolition movement. The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society (BFASS), for instance, was founded by a group of white women in 1833 to promote the abolitionist cause from a distinctly female standpoint. As if this weren’t revolutionary enough, the group eventually integrated women of color into its membership, at the behest of none other than William Lloyd Garrison himself. In the same vein, the exhibition also explores the life and work of Edmonia Lewis, a truly remarkable woman of color and a skilled sculptor, Lewis was of both black and Ojibwa Native American descent, and her
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Features pride in her multicultural heritage is reflected in her art. Freedom Rising showcases Lewis’s bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (18371863), leader of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Regiment, a group of African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War after the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Lewis witnessed the Regiment’s departure from Boston in 1863, and abolitionist Joshua Bowen Smith commissioned her to sculpt the bust of Shaw a year later. She was only twenty years old at the time. “This whole movement even affects the art of the period,” Frazier explained. “Documents are being made in the form of sculptures.” Directly across from the museum is the African Meeting House. Dating back to 1806, it is the oldest African American church building in the United States. Originally known as the African Baptist Independent Joy Street Church, the building’s purposes extended beyond the religious to include education and activism. It was pivotal to Boston’s abolition movement, and luminaries such Frederick Douglass spoke frequently to advance the anti-slavery cause “The African American Meeting House became a black Faneuil Hall where people could come and talk,” Frazier explained. The historical hub was restored in 2011, and nicely complements a visit to the Freedom Rising exhibition. Rich, informative, and conveniently close to Emerson’s campus, the Boston Museum of African American History is well worth a visit. It is located at 46 Joy Street, on the corner of Smith Court in Beacon Hill. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Freedom Rising is on display through December 31, 2013. Park rangers give hourly tours of the African American Meeting House from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day. For more information, visit www.afroammuseum.org.
Real Women When my mother was my age, she’d already given birth to my sister with a midwife in Scotland who wiped blood from the insides of her thighs. My father paced the oak floors and boiled steel pots of water. My sister has her own baby now—that girl walked before she was ten months old and has a deep brown mullet against a head of blonde, like a patched puppy. My sister calls me to say I’m leaving him, or sometimes I could just marry him. I breathe loudly over the phone so she’s knows I’m still there. I remember my Aunt Debbie in Huntsville who left the man that beat her half her life, but now she holds her breath when she turns street corners. I remember my own mother telling me about my father’s fists against her chest, her pregnant belly. I remember a story I heard about a woman who was murdered by her husband, and her sister cried so hard she forgot who she was. When my sister says, It was a while ago now, all my bruises are yellow, I have to bite my own hand and count my breaths otherwise I don’t know what will happen. When I tell her I’m moving in with my girlfriend, the only sound on the other line is a hiccuping baby. She thinks this is dress-up. You got off easy, she says. Real women know how to hold a man that won’t be held. Oh, my sister, my only one. By Sierra Lister Sierra Lister is a BFA Writing, Literature, and Publishing major and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor at Emerson College. She’s the Managing Editor of Gauge magazine, a Prose Editor and copyeditor for Stork, a staff writer for the catharsis, and an Editorial Intern at Hanging Loose Press. But she spends most of her time ranting about the male— female gender binary.
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Four Arrows Indigenizes
Education with New Book
Transgender Activist Speaks at Emerson let him grow as the person he wanted to be. In that moment Aizumi came to understand that it didn’t matter what she wanted; her fears of her son’s safety came second, and Aiden’s happiness was more important. Moments like these show that loving unconditionally is giving and not expecting anything in return, and being willing to throw away fear for something greater. Today, Aizumi is a member of Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). She has published a book with her son entitled Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance. She goes to marches and fights for LGBTQ rights, something she never thought she would end up doing. The power of love then, is an amazing and transformative thing.
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What does it mean to love unconditionally? That’s what Marsha Aizumi asked when she spoke at the Piano Row Multipurpose Room on April 9, as part of EAGLE’s Queer Spring. The mother of a transgender man, Marsha Aizumi’s message is one of family and the triumph of overcoming adversity. Aizumi spoke about how when her son Aiden was little he liked to wear clothes that were perhaps more masculine than what normal girls wore. She told us about how he struggled with life and how depressed he became. When Aiden came out as lesbian, Aizumi thought it was over, that he could be happy. But he wasn’t. His condition only worsened, until he finally realized what was wrong: he wasn’t the she he thought he was, but a male living in the wrong body. Aizumi recounted the fears—that he would never find love, that he would be bullied, that people would no longer understand him— and her eventual realization that she would have to
A new book by American Indian rights activist and Fielding Graduate University professor Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) will be released on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education provides comprehensive guidance on incorporating Indigenous perspectives into the classroom. The book has received advance praise from William Ayers, Henry Giroux, and Noam Chomsky, among others. For more information, contact Professor Thomas Cooper at email@example.com.
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Bisexual Visibility in Gay & Straight Culture While browsing through Tumblr a few months ago, I came across a “How Privileged Are You?” quiz. The quiz listed various statuses— race, sexual orientation, yearly income, and attractiveness, to name a few. Each was ascribed positive points or negative points. By adding up all of the points of statuses you identified with, you could “calculate” your relative level of societal privilege. Glancing over it, I noticed “bisexual” right in the positive column. I assume the creator of the quiz classified it as a status of privilege because bisexuals theoretically have better dating opportunities. While I was sure that this wasn’t an accurate depiction of what the world thought, it got me thinking. Sometimes, bisexuality feels like a forbidden word. It’s there when you look at the LGBTQ acronym, but oftentimes it’s not spoken of, and when it is, it’s often cast aside as unimportant. Bisexuals face discrimination from both straight and gay people. Even some LGBTQ allies, people who have done good work for gay rights, are skeptical that bisexuality even exists. Prominent gay rights activist Dan Savage, the creator of the It Gets Better Project to prevent suicide among gay teens,
said in the 2008 documentary Bi the Way, “I meet someone who’s 19-years-old who tells me he’s bisexual and I’m like, ‘Yeah, right, I doubt it. I tell them come back when you’re like 29 and we’ll see.’” Bisexual men, then, are obviously just gay and afraid. Fox’s popular comedy-drama Glee, a series that has received much praise for its portrayal of gay characters, pushes a similar agenda. In one episode, gay character Kurt Hummel defines “bisexual” as “a term that gay guys in high school use when they want to hold hands with girls and feel like a normal person for a change.” The truth is that bisexuality is a real sexual orientation, and we are not confused, afraid, or in denial. Female bisexuals must contend with their own particular set of issues. In popular culture, female bisexuality is sometimes used to objectify women: they can be with both genders, and therefore can be seen as more sexually charged. Last year’s musical comedy Pitch Perfect, for instance, contains a scene where two of the main female characters share a suggestive moment in the showers. While the scene is supposed to be funny and awkward, it’s
also supposed to be a bit sexy. That isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes I worry if it isn’t just becoming an exploitative trend. Another familiar plotline in the media is the bisexual woman who ends up with a man, only for her sexuality to be disregarded. In the cult science fiction series Doctor Who, we meet a character named Oswin who says, “Lovely name, Rory. First boy I ever fancied was called Rory,” but then continues, “Actually, she was called Nina. I was going through a phase.” This is played for laughs, but I wondered while watching it why the character couldn’t be legitimately attracted to both genders, instead of just vapidly “bi-curious.” While the recent triumphs of the gay rights movement cannot be underestimated, I find myself wishing that bisexuals had more visibility. It is hypocritical that bisexuality has been the object of prejudice in the gay community. Everyone should have a chance to love whoever they want on their own terms, without fear of judgment. By Clare Wilson-Pelton Office of Diversity & Inclusion staff
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Events Boston Area Events LGBTQ Interest
Jeffrey Gibson, Love Song
Dr. Eric Foner on Emancipation and Blacks in Military Service
May 1 – July 14, 2013 The Institute of Contemporary Art 100 Northern Ave. Boston, MA 02210 Jeffrey Gibson is a queer Native American artist of Cherokee and Choctaw descent. His sculptures and paintings combine Indigenous traditions and abstract themes, creating dynamic expressions of cultural hybridity in the modern world. Admission to the ICA is free for Emerson students. For more information, visit www.icaboston.org. Image from edgeboston.com
Boston Pride Flag Raising
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Boston LGBT Film Festival
May 2 – 12, 2013 Multiple locations; see website for screening details Founded in 1984, the Boston LGBT Film Festival is the fourth oldest North American LGBT film festival. Screenings include over 40 full-length narrative and documentary films and an array of short features spanning a wide range of countries and issues. Films will be screened at various venues in the greater Boston area, including Emerson’s Bright Family Screening Room, the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. For times, tickets, and detailed information about the films, visit www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.net.
Friday, May 31, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. Boston City Hall 1 City Hall Square Boston, MA 02201 Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites you to kick off Boston Pride with the raising of a rainbow flag over City Hall. Come out and celebrate LGBTQ pride! For more information on the flag raising and Boston Pride, visit www.bostonpride.org.
Swingtime: Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Brookline Academy of Dance 136 Westbourne Terrace Brookline, MA 02446 Have a fun night out on the town in a safe and friendly environment! Swingtime Boston is a nonprofit organization that holds monthly swing, ballroom, two-step, salsa, and Latin dancing events for the LGBTQ community and allies. This dance’s theme is Cinco de Mayo. There will be a free lesson from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; the dance itself will commence at 9:00 p.m. and go until 11:00 p.m. Admission is $12. For more information, visit www.swingtimeboston.com.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. Museum of African American History 46 Joy St. Boston, MA 02114 Dr. Eric Foner, a historian at Columbia University who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History for his 2010 book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, delivers a keynote address at the Museum of African American History. This is a free event. For more information, visit www.maah.org.
Lecture: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Royall House and Slave Quarters 15 George St. Medford, MA 02155 Historian Henry Wiencek will speak on his latest book, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. The book provides an in-depth look at Jefferson as a slave-owner, and shows the hypocrisy of this Founding Father who spoke and wrote so eloquently about liberty. Admission is free for members and $5 for others. For more information, visit www.royallhouse.org.
“Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land”: Boston Abolitionists, 1831-1865
On display until May 24, 2013 Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215 In the early to mid-1800s, Boston became a hotbed of activity for the Abolitionist movement. This display features artifacts and documents from this turbulent and fascinating period of local history. This is a free event. For more information, visit www.masshist.org.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. Middle East Downstairs 472 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 This innovative group of musicians from North Carolina blends American and West African musical styles into a unique and compelling sound. They have performed everywhere from the Festival au désert in Mali to Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. For tickets and more information, visit www.toubabkrewe.com.
Other Events Chinatown Market Tour
Multiple dates; see website for details Join Boston Food Tours for an in-depth look at the markets of Chinatown. Learn about Chinese culinary traditions and how they have changed and developed in the United States, and gain tasty insight into Chinese culinary practices. For more information, visit www.bostonfoodtours.com.
Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh (Violin) and Michael McLaughlin (Piano & Accordion) Image from venezuelasinfonica.com
Friday, May 3, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. Recital Hall 1W 1140 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215 Venezuelan cuatro player Carlos Capacho comes to Berklee College of Music, playing a signature mix of jazz fusion and the music of his home country. This is a free event. For more information, visit www.carloscapacho.com.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 3:00 p.m. New School of Music 25 Lowell St. Cambridge, MA 02138 Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, who hails from Cambridge, is a skilled violinist who started lessons at the age of three. Her mother and father immigrated from France and El Salvador in the 1960s, and richly artistic and multicultural upbringing has had a profound influence on her music. For tickets and more information, visit www.cambridgemusic.org. Image from yazmar.com
Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street
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Art Exhibitions On display until September 8, 2013 Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115 This exhibition displays 43 prints by Bruce Davidson, an acclaimed New York photographer who immersed himself in a dangerous section of East Harlem during the 1960s to capture the lives of its people on camera. Gritty and stark, these black and white images are a testament to the struggles and resilience of people of color in impoverished urban areas. Admission to the MFA is free for Emerson students. For more information, visit www.mfa.org.
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 7:00 p.m Wilbur Theatre 246 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116 An African American comedienne from Trenton, New Jersey, Sommore’s standup looks at current issues from the standpoint of a woman with both humor and keenness. Offering a perspective both funny and smart, Sommore’s comedy promises to entertain. For tickets and more information, visit www.thewilburtheatre.com.
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