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Robin Coste Lewis: “Voyage of the Sable Venus: Bodies, Art, Race, & Poetry”

May 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210


Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015), which won the National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts ReviewCallalooThe Harvard Gay & Lesbian ReviewTransition, and VIDA.

The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 40-45 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.

All Center for Cultural Studies events are free and open to the public. Staff assistance is provided by The Humanities Institute.


Tuesday, May 29th
“Opera Works: Journey in Creation”
Workshop rehearsals with Opera Parallele for a new opera based on the life of Georgia O’Keeffe.
2 pm – 5 pm Opera Workshop

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies, and the Humanities Institute, invites students, faculty, staff and community to witness the creation of an opera based on the life of Georgia O’Keeffe, called “Today it Rains”. Opera Parallele, San Francisco based company, under the direction of Maestra Nicole Paiement (Emerita, UCSC Music Department), commissioned this opera by award-winning composer Laura Kaminsky. Performers, the librettists, the composer, and the director will be in residence and will workshop and rehearse this opera in the making. Workshops are free and open to everyone.


Tuesday, May 29th

Panel “Always Moving Up Hill: Women in the Arts”– Registration Required


Robin Coste Lewis, Poet, National Book Award Winner for Voyage of the Sable Venus
Nicole Paiement, Conductor, Musical Director, Opera Parallele
Laura Kaminsky, Opera Composer
Jennifer Gonzalez, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, UCSC
Bettina Aptheker, Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSC (moderator)

Doors open at 6:30pm – Light refreshments will be available for purchase at the Kuumbwa kitchen

Event starts at 7:00pm


Wed, May 30th
Robin Coste Lewis reading and book signing – Bookshop Santa Cruz @ 7pm


Thurs, May 31st
Living Writers with Robin Coste Lewis – Humanities Lecture Hall @ 5:20pm


These events are co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute, The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair for Feminist Studies, Arts Division, Porter College, Living Writers & Cultural Studies.


May 30, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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