Lecture on Cultural Heritage by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Diana Taylor Scheduled for March 6 at LSU’s Shaver Theater

02/20/2013 10:42 AM

BATON ROUGE – Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Diana Taylor will deliver a lecture, titled “Saving the ‘Live’: Re-performance and UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage,” on March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in the Shaver Theater, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building. The lecture will be followed by a catered reception. The event is free and open to the public.


Taylor will discuss how and why people save performance as part of cultural heritage. Her talk looks at what it might entail to consciously ‘preserve’ performance and keep specific acts ‘alive’ by looking at two projects – UNESCO’s Intangible Culture Heritage convention of 2003 and Marina Abramović’s blockbuster show at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, “The Artist is Present.” In her presentation, Taylor asks, “What does safeguarding performance entail? Why attempt it? For whom? Who selects? Who decides?”


Taylor is the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and is a professor of performance studies and Spanish at New York University. She was the recipient of the 2003 Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. She has also edited more than a dozen books and authored “Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin American” and “Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War.’” Two books in Spanish were recently published: “Performance” and “Acciones de Memoria.” She lectures extensively around the world and is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim in 2005.


As a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Taylor will interact with students and faculty members through informal conversations and classroom visits, in addition to the lecture.


For the last 50 years, Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program has allowed undergraduate students and faculty to meet and exchange ideas with distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines at Phi Beta Kappa chapters across the country. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence and to foster freedom of thought and expression.


This event is co-sponsored by the LSU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as LSU’s Department of Communication Studies, Department of English, Department of Political Science and Department of Theater.


For more information, contact Tara Laver, secretary of the LSU Phi Beta Kappa chapter and interim head of LSU Libraries Special Collections, at tzachar@lsu.edu, or contact Assistant Professor of English Lauren Coats at lac@lsu.edu.

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013