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Thriving in Difference:

An Interdisciplinary Symposium on “Strange” Body, Ethnicity, and Language

April 30 and May 6

I Dream of Chang and Eng

Overview of the Symposium:

“Difference” often implies anomaly, abnormality, and in some extreme cases, a medical condition. In conjunction with the Drama Department’s production of I Dream of Chang and Eng, the story of the original Siamese Twins by Philip Kan Gotanda, this Medical Humanities symposium takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore various aspects of cultural, racial, gender, linguistic, and physical difference both as a form of disability/disease as well as an opportunity for success.

Part I: Sunday, April 30th

Contemporary Arts Center Colloquium Room (map)

9:45   Registration

10:00 Welcome

            Daphne Lei (Professor, Drama)

10:15-11:15 Keynote Speech

Philip Kan Gotanda (Playwright of I Dream of Chang and Eng, Professor of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies, UC Berkeley)

11:15-11:30 Break

11: 30-12: 30 Dissecting Chang and Eng

            –Through Medical Lens:  Joseph Orser (author of The Lives of Chang and Eng: Siam’s Twins in Nineteenth-Century America)

            –Through Artistic Lens: Ricardo Rocha (director of I Dream of Chang and Eng)

            –Through Research Lens: Daphne Lei (dramaturg of I Dream of Chang and Eng)

            Panel moderated by Anna Winget (PhD student, Drama)

12:30-1:45 Reception (Outreach Room, Third floor, Contemporary Arts Center)

            Open Dialogue and Community Building. Light lunch will be served.       

2:00pm Performance of I Dream of Chang and Eng Robert Cohen Theatre (map)

            Post-show discussion with the playwright

To purchase tickets for I Dream of Chang and Eng, please call UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787.  The performance runs from Saturday, April 29th to May 7th.

Part 2:  Saturday, May 6th

Contemporary Arts Center Colloquium Room

9:45   Registration

10:00 Welcome

            Daphne Lei (Professor, Drama)

10:15-11:45 From Shaming to Healing: Linguistic and Bodily Differences

            “On Shaming”

                        James Kyung-Jin Lee (Associate Professor, Asian American Studies)

            “Multilingualism as Pharmakon”

                        Jerry Won Lee (Assistant Professor, English)

            “Wonder in Medicine”

                        Mei Zhan (Associate professor, Anthropology)

            Panel moderated by Stephanie Lim (PhD student, Drama)

11:45-12:00     Break

12:00-12:45   Playing or Being Different? A Roundtable Discussion

            Participants include the director and diverse cast members, who will discuss their artistic challenges and personal experiences regarding ethnicity, gender, culture, and language

12:45-1:45  Reception (Outreach Room, Contemporary Arts Center)

            Open Dialogue and Community Building. Light lunch will be served.     

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2pm Performance of I Dream of Chang and Eng (Robert Cohen Theatre)

To purchase tickets for I Dream of Chang and Eng, please call UCI Arts Box Office at 949-824-2787.  The performance runs from Saturday, April 29th to May 7th.

This symposium is co-sponsored by UCI Medical Humanities, Department of Drama, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of History, Center for Asian Studies, UCI Illuminations

Details

Start:
April 30 @ 9:45 am
End:
May 6 @ 1:45 pm