Where the Girls Are: Arts activism around the globe


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street

Where the girls areA town-hall style conversation with three activist powerhouses talking about the role of the arts and culture in the lives of girls globally. Open to the public.
Presented by:
Office for the Arts and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, with the Harvard College Women's Center
Tickets: Free

With the rise of the #metoo and Time's Up movements, what is the role of the arts and artists in supporting the education, agency and self-expression of young females globally? Three discussants --  singer Angélique Kidjo (2018 Harvard Jazz Master), playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa (2017-2018 Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study) and humanitarian Aubrey Doyle (Dubin Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, MPP ‘18) -- will join a town hall-style conversation 5:00 p.m. Thursday April 12 at Lowell Lecture Hall to share their knowledge and discuss activist work that focuses on girls around the world. The event, moderated by Alicia Anstead NF '08, will include a performance by Kidjo, a reading by Cherline Bazile '18 from Fafunwa's play HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True (staged earlier this year at American Repertory Theater) and a performance by Mirielle Wright '21 and Claire Townsend '18, undergraduate singers in Kuumba. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Learn about our student performers: 

CherlineCherline Bazile ‘18 studied English at Harvard. She is an OFA Artist Development Fellow, a Muse & the Marketplace Scholar, and a New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholar. Bazile won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for her novella This Is War, and, in the fall, she will attend the University of Michigan MFA program in Fiction.

MirielleMirielle Wright ‘21 is from Brooklyn, New York and is pursuing a joint concentration in government and African American studies. With a background in a capella and choir, she has been heavily involved with the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College. Inspired by R&B artists such as Sade, Syd, Brent Faiyaz and NAO, she is excited to begin composing her own original work.

ClaireClaire Townsend ‘18 is a senior in Mather House, studying neurobiology with a citation in Spanish. Townsend is from Fulshear, Texas, and music has always been an important part of her life. On campus, she plays flute with the Harvard Chamber Music Society, and she sings with the Kuumba  Singers of Harvard College.

Read about Angélique Kidjo's activism here and about her Batonga Foundation here. Listen to tracks from her recording EVE here
Read a review of Ifeoma Fafunwa's play HEAR WORD! here
Find out about Aubrey Doyle's work on human trafficking with Yazda: Global Yazidi Organization here

The Learning from Performers event is presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, with the Harvard College Womens Center. The LFP event is part of a week celebrating Kidjo as the 2018 Harvard University Jazz Master, including a concert featuring Kidjo, with Harvard Jazz Bands directed by Yosvany Terry, and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, 8 p.m. April 13 at Sanders Theatre. For information and tickets for the April 13 concert, visit the Harvard Box Office or call: 617-496-2222.