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Christena L. Schlundt Lecture by Yvonne Daniel

Friday, October 21, 2016
  6–9 p.m.

Location: Arts Building Performance Lab, ARTS 166
  Parking Information

Category: Lecture


This event is part of the Festival of Social Dance

Christena Lindborg Schlundt Lecture in Dance Studies

Free and open to the public. 
Space is limited so you must RSVP. Click here for details and registration.

Yvonne Daniel, Professor Emerita of Dance at Smith College
Social Dancing in the Caribbean & Afro-Latin America
When dancing in the Caribbean includes almost all present, what is seen, sensed, and heard most often is an intergenerational, intercultural (or international), bonded human collective, most of whose members do not find the need to speak, but only to dance and make music.  Their feelings at such moments of utter relaxation, as well as incredible excitement, signal “cultural citizenship.” I find that dancing families and professional or amateur dance groups in the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America become distinct communities while dancing, based on the emergence of feelings that suggest belonging, attachment, solidarity and connectedness. Several types of social dance trigger island- and secure regional- citizenship over time, involving both secular/popular and sacred/religious settings.

Yvonne Daniel, Smith College Professor Emerita of Dance and Afro-American Studies, is a specialist in dance performance and Circum-Caribbean societies. Her published books include: Rumba (1995), Dancing Wisdom (2005), and Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance (2011).  Additionally, she has authored over forty juried and solicited articles, encyclopedia entries, and chapters, and also filmed and edited four documentary videos on dance and African-based religions.  Her second book on sacred performance won the de la Torre Bueno prize 2006.  She is a Ford Foundation Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and has had Visiting Scholar positions at the Smithsonian Institution and Mills College for her research.  Dr. Daniel now serves as a trustee on the Mills College Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Alumnae Association of Mills College (2016-2019).  She has four sons and ten grandchildren.


Parking: Complimentary permits are available at the Kiosk

This lecture, established in honor of the founder of doctoral studies in dance in the UC system, Professor Emerita Schlundt, is made possible by the Christena Lindborg Schlundt Endowed Fund for the support of Periodic Lectures on Research in Dance History and Theory.

This event was made possible by the UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Office of the Dean.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Dance Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245