Kathryn Blume on Arts, Activism and Inspiration October 7

October 6th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, NH — Kathryn Blume, co-founder of the first worldwide theatrical event for peace, The Lysistrata Project, will discuss “Arts, Activism and Inspiration” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Are the challenges for activists and activism different now than in the prior century? In the 20th century, activism was manifested in many ways as people from all continents struggled for political and personal freedoms. These efforts continue today, sometimes altering in form, approach and focus, without losing the yearning for deeper and more meaningful change.

Blume says that making good art, cultivating real hope, believing in positive change and valuing our contributions to the world can be a challenge. “If you’re paying attention at all, then putting on clean socks and underwear and eating a good breakfast and tying your shoes and getting out the door and doing the long, slow, hard, painstaking, uphill work of tending the world can be a challenge,” she said.

The Accidental Activist, Blume’s critically acclaimed one-woman show about The Lysistrata Project, toured to more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Blume is currently on tour with her new solo show,The Boycott, which earned an Outstanding Activist Award from the member organizations of the Vermont Environmental Action Conference.

Blume has had essays published in MoveOn.org’s 50 Ways To Love Your Country, Code Pink’s Stop the Next War Now, Outcry—American Voices of Conscience Post 9/11, and 365 Ways to Change the World.

She earned her BA at Yale University with a self-designed degree in environmental studies and theatre.

Ms. Blume will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS. Her presentation is hosted by the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University.

The next speaker in the series will be Michelle Bos-Lun, speaking on “The Tibetan people and Their Ongoing Struggle,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events
of our time. Series information can be found online at www.plymouth.edu/sidore.

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[ED. NOTE: the omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]

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