The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies and The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz will present Always Moving Uphill: Women in the Arts, on Tuesday, May 29, at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in downtown Santa Cruz.
UCSC feminist studies professor Bettina Aptheker will moderate an evening panel beginning at 7 p.m., featuring poet Robin Coste Lewis, National Book Award winner for Voyage of the Sable Venus; emeritus UCSC music professor Nicole Paiement, artistic director of San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle; opera composer Laura Kaminsky; and UCSC history of art and visual culture professor Jennifer González.
The panelists will discuss the historic and continuing discrimination against women in all artistic fields–including music, theater, film, fine arts, and literature. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Earlier that afternoon at Kuumbwa, the public will have the opportunity to attend a free workshop rehearsal with Opera Parallèle for a new opera, “Today it Rains,” based on the life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.
Paiement commissioned award-winning composer Laura Kaminsky to create this original opera for Opera Parallèle, and it is currently a work-in-progress.