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YoungGiftedandFat: From Liberation to Creation
February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Award-winning author, actress, director and scholar Sharrell D. Luckett will share stories about the journey towards self-love in a lecture, “YoungGiftedandFat: From Liberation to Creation,” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. It is free and open to the public.
In her book, “YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege,” Luckett describes “performing thin” in theater as well as in real life. The autoethnography is a story of weight loss and gain that approaches the issues of self-esteem, race, gender and performance in an interdisciplinary way. Using interviews, journal entries, monologues and other creative elements, Luckett’s book explores fat as a feminist issue, a black issue and an ideological construct that exists in both the body and mind.
Luckett is director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting and assistant professor of drama and performance studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. Her scholarship focuses on acting/directing theory, black studies, performance studies and fat studies. In addition to “YoungGiftedandFat,” Luckett is co-editor of the award-winning book “Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches.” She is also an invitee of Harvard University’s Mellon Institute of Theater and Performance Research, Cornell University’s Performance Encounters series, Northwestern University’s Mellon Program in Black Feminist Performance and the Lincoln Center Lab in New York.