Where the Girls Are: Arts activism around the globe


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA
With the rise of the #metoo and Time's Up movements, what is the role of the arts and artists in supporting the education, agency and self-expression of young females globally? Three discussants—singer Angélique Kidjo (2018 Harvard Jazz Master), playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa (2017-2018 Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study) and humanitarian Aubrey Doyle (Dubin Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, MPP ‘18)—will join a town hall-style conversation 4:30 p.m. Thursday April 12 at Lowell Lecture Hall to share their knowledge and discuss activist work that focuses on girls around the world. The event will include a performance by Kidjo, a reading from Fafunwa's play HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True (staged earlier this year at American Repertory Theater) and a performance by undergraduate singers in Kuumba. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.


The Learning from Performers event is presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, in partnership with the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Womens Center. The LFP event is part of a week celebrating Kidjo as the 2018 Jazz Master, including a concert featuring Kidjo and the Harvard Jazz Bands directed by Yosvany Terry, 8 p.m. April 13 at Sanders Theatre. For information on tickets for the April 13 concert, visit the Harvard Box Office or call: 617-496-2222.

Read about Angélique Kidjo's activism here and about her Batonga Foundation here. Listen to tracks from her recording EVE here.

Read a review of Ifeoma Fafunwa's play HEAR WORD! here.  Find out about Aubrey Doyle's work on human trafficking with Yazda: Global Yazidi Organization here.

Learn more about Where the Girls Are: Arts activism around the globe.