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Faculty Pedagogy Workshop: Using Poetry and Performance to Incorporate the Study of Black Queer Studies into the Classroom

March 12, 2018 2:29 pm

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program invites you to an interdisciplinary Faculty Pedagogy Workshop. The event will explore the use of blues and jazz methodologies to incorporate the study of Black Queer Women into our classrooms at CSI. All instructional faculty are encouraged to attend, so please reach out to adjuncts in your departments. The event will held on Tuesday, Apr. 17, from 2:30pm to 4:15pm in Building 2S, Room 215. Please RSVP online.

The acclaimed poet, performer, and researcher Rommi Smith will facilitate the workshop, accompanied by jazz double bassist Jenni Molloy (see biographies below).

Rommi Smith: Writer, Performer, Researcher

Rommi Smith is an international writer who has held prestigious writing residencies for institutions ranging from the British Council to the BBC. Smith is the inaugural British Parliamentary Writer-in-Residence and inaugural Poet-in-Residence for Keats’ House, London. She was British Council Poet-in-Residence at California State University in Los Angeles, working with the university’s English department and its jazz orchestra to curate a performative response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Smith’s clients include The Royal Academy of Art and The Royal Opera House, London. She has presented original work at the Segal Theatre, NYC and the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The Rain is Coming, her feminist reworking of Schubert’s Die schone Mullerin, is a collaboration with composer Emily Levy, and will be performed by celebrated British baritone Roderick Williams at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Dulwich Picture Gallery, London in December 2018.


Jenni Molloy: Musician and Composer

Jenni Molloy is a critically acclaimed jazz double bassist and composer, known for her live and recording project Bach ReLoaded Trio +. She has collaborated on numerous theater, poetry, and improvised music projects, internationally. A much-in-demand jazz bassist, Jenni is also a Goju Ryu martial artist, running the Tsuyoi Kokoro Dojo in Leeds.


- Division of Academic Affairs

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