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Guest Lecture Series: In Conversation with Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz

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Our fourth event in our online Guest Lecture Series 20-21 focuses on invited speaker Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz (Duke University)

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Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz In Conversation with Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE@Duke:Performance|Culture|Technology. He explores emerging technology in live performance. Professor DeFrantz believes in our shared capacity to do better, and engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, anti-homophobic, proto-feminist, and queer affirming. He has contributed concept and voice-over for permanent installation on Black Social Dance at Smithsonian Museum of African American Life. A widely published author, he has co-edited Black Performance Theory (2014), and authored Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture (2011), and Dancing Many Drums (2002). Professor DeFrantz has taught at Lion’s Jaw Festival; Movement Research MELT; ImPulsTanz; New Waves Institute; Hampshire College, Stanford, Yale, MIT, NYU, University of the Arts, Duke. He is a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, and was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance (Dance Studies Association).


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