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PLACA presents: Jos� Miguel Hernandez and Christen Smith

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Popular Theater, Youth and Empowerment on Two Continents Panelists: José Miguel Hernandez Program Director, La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino, Syracuse Christen Smith Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin In recent years, popular theater has been increasingly used throughout the world as a way to empower youth, raise consciousness, articulate public issues and organize for social change. This panel considers two cases of popular theatre: Choque Cultural in Salvador, Brazil, that focuses on the issues of racism and police brutality; and La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino in Syracuse, that focuses on raising the self-esteem of Latino youth. Because the program in Salvador is more self-consciously political than the program in Syracuse, this panel will raise important questions about the nature of “politics” and the role of the arts in social change. This panel is part of the Re-Imagining the Americas Conference Series. For more information , visit  

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.