Artistic Practice, Spiritual Belief and Grassroots Activism, 3/15 (E)

In “Liberation Mythologies” Raquel Z. Rivera explores the intersections between artistic practice, spiritual belief and grassroots activism. Taking her cue from Robin D.G. Kelley, she focuses on the “dreams of freedom” at the root of myth-making. Taking another cue from Joseph Campbell and Robert Segal, she looks at myths not as stories or beliefs that are (necessarily) untrue but as tropes that poetically attempt to explain or get us closer to the unexplainable, and most importantly, as tropes that give individuals and communities the strength to keep crafting and pursuing their dreams of freedom. As examples, I will focus on Caribbean/Latino roots music, hip-hop and reggaeton.

Where: Westhampton Living Room

When: Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM

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