With the world at a crossroads, UCLA Arts’ “10 Questions” series returns to ask, “If not now, when?” “



“10 Questions,” a cornerstone of UCLA’s annual calendar, returns for its fourth iteration to examine actions we can take to address the types of personal, family, community, and global healing that are needed in this moment. The interdisciplinary public program of conversation and reflection will bring together some of the most compelling thinkers from UCLA and beyond.

Starting September 27 and every Monday night for 10 weeks, UCLA faculty members from disciplines spanning music, dance, drama, psychology, African American studies, gender studies, health policy and environmental law will join Victoria Marks, professor of arts and world cultures. / dance, to explore fundamental questions, such as: How do we remember? How do we build? How do we love?

Last year’s series, “10 Questions: Reckoning”, tackled the deep inequalities of our time, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, a presidential election, a racial justice movement and the continuing threat of climate change. The fourth edition of the program, entitled “10 questions: If not now, when? will bring together students, faculty, alumni and community members to reflect and envision how best to chart the way forward.

Simultaneously an undergraduate graduate course and a public program, “10 Questions: If not now, when?” Invites 30 leading artists, scholars, researchers and thinkers at UCLA to explore and probe the possibilities and opportunities that generate these extraordinary times.

“We are starting to return to our schools, our workplaces, our communities, but the world has changed dramatically,” said Brett Steele, dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. “We cannot aspire to revert to a gravely imperfect past. Instead, we must commit to rebuilding. “10 Questions” is an essential forum for imagining this new and better world. “

Participants represent a wide range of disciplines and practices, and include three MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipients, a Grammy Award winner, New York Times bestselling authors, elected officials, artists, a physician. emergency physician and academics and climate activists. change, racial and social justice, human rights, public health and other areas.

In light of the continuing pandemic and building on last year’s success and increased access, “10 Questions” will once again be held remotely as a Zoom webinar, welcoming approximately 60 undergraduates from the top division and unlimited audiences. Taking place every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. PT, for 10 weeks during the Fall 2021 term, each program will be hosted by Marks and organized around the following questions:

September 27: Who are we?

Lauren Lee McCarthy, artist and associate professor of media design arts at UCLA; Adriana galvan, behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychology at UCLA; Isaac Bryan, California State Assembly Member and Former Director of Public Policy at UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

October 4: where do we start?

Sylvan oswald, theater artist, director of playwright and associate professor of theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Christina palmer, genetic counselor, professor in residence at the Center for Neurobehavioural Genetics at UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences; Ping ho, integrative health expert and founder and director of UCLArts & Healing

October 11: How do we connect?

Luis Alfaro, playwright and associate artistic director of the Center Theater Group; Marie osako, vice chancellor for strategic communications at UCLA; Naomi Eisenberger, social psychologist and professor of psychology

October 18: How do we remember?

Anurima Banerji, dance and performance theorist, associate professor and current vice-president of world arts and cultures / dance; Angela Riley, professor of law; additional panelist to be confirmed

October 25: How do we heal?

Diane White-Clayton, composer and conductor, lecturer in ethnomusicology; David Shorter, culture specialist and teacher of arts and cultures / dance of the world; Vickie Mays, professor of psychology and health services

November 1: how do we fail?

Anna Sew Hoy, artist, assistant professor of art and head of ceramic sector; Safia Noble, associate professor of information studies, gender studies and African-American studies; Michel eselun, oncology chaplain at Simms / Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

November 8: How are we changing?

Jackie Lopez, dancer and choreographer, lecturer in arts and world cultures / dance; D’Artagnan Scorza, founder and executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute; V. Kelly Turner, lecturer in town planning and geography

November 15: How do we build?

Jeffrey Inaba, architect and assistant professor of architecture; Adam bradley, literary critic, professor of English and founding director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (RAP Lab) at UCLA; Eric Hoek, professor of civil and environmental engineering

November 22: How do we support?

Arturo O’Farrill, jazz pianist, composer and professor of world jazz and music studies; Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law School; Drea Letamendi, psychologist, Acting Director of UCLA RISE and Associate Director of Mental Health Training, Intervention and Response for Residential Life at UCLA

November 29: How do we love?

Pierre Sellars, director of theater and opera, and distinguished professor of world arts and cultures / dance; Ahilan Arulanantham, a human rights lawyer and faculty co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA; Dr Thanh Neville, pulmonologist and assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

With this year’s “10 Questions”, UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture is working to build on the foundation it has laid over the past three years, Marks said. Bringing together three experts with such diverse backgrounds creates vibrant conversations that not only raise awareness of the deeply interdisciplinary nature of knowledge, but which – by seeing differently, together – help us cultivate more empathy, tolerance and community and prepare us to tackle the essential questions of our time.

“This innovative program sums up the best that a university can offer: a free exchange of ideas, drawing knowledge and expertise from a variety of disciplines and subjects, in order to make sense of our world by evolution and our role within it, ”said Marks. . “With the arts at the forefront, we will grapple with uncertainty in search of a deeper understanding and appreciation of our complex and nuanced reality. “

This year, UCLA Arts will once again extend those conversations deeper into the community through a partnership with its Visual and Performing Arts Education Program. As part of the “10 Questions” series, VAPAE will collaborate with a range of participants, including middle and high school students from the city’s public schools as well as cohorts of local seniors and families. Each group will generate their own classroom and program conversations and create illustrations in response to selected questions. They will then have the opportunity to share their works as part of the public program.

“By extending this conversation to our communities, UCLA is putting inclusiveness into practice. These younger, and in this case, older generations of artists have a lot to teach us. Their perspectives and creativity are paramount as we make sense of the world we live in and seek ways to meet the challenges ahead, ”said Kevin Kane, Director of VAPAE, who participated in the“ 10 Questions ”discussion. of 2019 “What is the community?”

UCLA Arts will also launch season five of the podcast. ” Work in progress “ focusing on the “10 Questions” initiative, chatting with panelists to learn more about their perspectives and deepen the conversation around these critical questions.


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