The Wexner Center for the Arts presents
Director's Dialogue on Art and Social Change: Culture, Ethics, and Controversy
On Monday, September 19 from 4-6 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, the Wexner Center for the Arts will host a Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change: Culture, Ethics and Controversy. The latest in a series of events advancing the role of the arts in sparking meaningful dialogue about contemporary issues, the panel discussion will focus on the intense and contentious debate surrounding the upcoming release of The Birth of a Nation, an account of Nat Turner’s Rebellion directed, written by, and starring Nate Parker. The film will be screened at the Wex the following night.
Prompted by extensive media coverage and commentary about The Birth of a Nation related—but not limited to—sexual assault charges filed in 1999 against Parker and his former college roommate (Jean McGianni Celestin, who shares a story credit on the film), the Wexner Center has invited esteemed colleagues from across The Ohio State University to engage in an informed dialogue about the multiple issues in the spotlight.
Topics ranging from the culturally charged climate surrounding gender, race, and sexual consent to the impact that artists’ personal lives can have on the reception of their work will be discussed by panelists Sharon L. Davies, OSU’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer; Wendy G. Smooth, associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Dr. Joni Boyd Acuff, assistant professor of Art Education in the Department of Arts Administration; and Leslie Alexander, associate professor in African American and African Studies. Jennifer Beard, director of The Women’s Place at The Ohio State University, will serve as moderator. Representatives from OSU’s Sexual Civility and Empowerment Office will be on hand in Mershon to provide resources to anyone seeking to address related experiences one-on-one.
The discussion is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit the official event page