A.R.T. & W.E.B. Du Bois Institute to Present ALL THE WAY: THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FROM 1964 TO TODAY Panel, 9/23
The American Repertory Theater and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research present A Panel Discussion in conjunction with the A.R.T. production of All The Way entitled All the Way: The Civil Rights Act from 1964 to Today, on Monday, September 23rd at 4:00 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. The panel is moderated by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, and includes panelists Peter J. Fernandez, Peniel E. Joseph, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, and Patricia Sullivan. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and American Research at Harvard University. He is the author of sixteen books and twelve documentaries, including the upcoming PBS series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. This latest series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, beginning with the origins of slavery on the African continent, through five centuries of remarkable historic events. He is the recipient of fifty-one honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the MacArthur "geniusgrant." He was named to Time's "25 Most Influential Americans" list in 1997 and to Ebony's "Power 150" list in 2009 and its "Power 100" list in 2010. The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader, a collection of Professor Gates' essays, was published in 2012.
Peter Jay Fernandez plays Roy Wilkins in the A.R.T. production of All The Way. He has appeared in numerous productions on Broadway includingCyrano de Bergerac, Julius Caesar, and The Merchant of Venice, off-Broadway including CQ/CX, Richard III, and Thunder Knocking on the Door, and on television programs including "House of Cards," "The Good Wife," and "Law & Order."
Peniel E. Joseph is the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Professor of History at Tufts University, and the Du Bois Institute Caperton Fellow. His publications include the award-winning Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in Americaand Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. He is currently writing a biography of Black Power icon Stokely Carmichael.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy, is the Director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School,Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy. His publications include The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition and Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism.
Patricia Sullivan is the Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a Du Bois Institute Fellow. Her publications include Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement and Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era.
1963. An assassin's bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency.
A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's vivid dramatization of LBJ's first year in office, means versus ends play out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war. A searing, enthralling exploration of the morality of power.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater. Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Tony Awards for BestMusical Revival for its productions of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Pippin, the A.R.T. is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by RoBert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus became the A.R.T.'sArtistic Director.