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Dear faculty & students:

We are writing to invite you to participate in an upcoming Institute for Arts and Humanities’ Arts & Social Justice Project, entitled All Rise. All Rise combines strategies from two ongoing collaborative projects, And And And Stammering: An Interview and The Black Lunch Table. Our performance series addresses issues of immigration and institutional racism in our communities and ultimately aims to create a space for public art and critical dialogue on UNC campus.

Assoc. Prof. of Art Hồng-Ân Trương and Chicago-based artist Hương Ngô’s work And And And Stammering: An Interview stages an interrogation as a performance of citizenship. It engages a participant from the audience to rehearse the process of becoming a U.S. citizen through a live interview, and allows audience members to imagine themselves in positions of precarious citizenship.

The Black Lunch Table is an ongoing collaboration between Asst. Prof. of Art Jina Valentine and New York-based artist, Heather Hart. BLT is an oral-history archiving project, the primary aim of which is the production of discursive sites, wherein cultural producers engage in dialogue on a variety of critical issues.  Organized around literal and metaphorical lunch tables, BLT takes the lunchroom phenomenon as its starting point, and brings together a diversity of community members to foster candid conversations.

We would like to invite you to participate in our events. Particularly, we hope you’ll attend one of our #blacklivesmatter themed discussions, which will take place on Thursday March 9th 12-1:30pm AND March 25th 5-6:30pm.  Lunch / dinner will be provided.

Additionally, we welcome you to join one of our AND AND AND Stammering: An Interview performances, which will take place on Thursday, March 23rd 6-8pm and Friday, March 24th 12-2pm. Meals will be served after the performance with BLT-led conversations.

Seating is limited for all events. Please follow this link to RSVP, and see information below for further event details:

Feel free to email us if you have any questions and please share with your students!

Thanks so much and we hope you’ll join us.

In solidarity,
Jina Valentine + Heather Hart + Hồng-Ân Trương + Hương Ngô

Project contacts:

All performances & roundtables will take place on the UNC Campus Y courtyard (180 E Cameron Ave). Lunch will be provided for day-time events; dinner will be provided at evening events! Wikipedia edit-a-thons will be held at the Sloane Art Library at Hanes Art Building.

Please follow this link to RSVP for the following events:





Thursday, March 9:
12:00 – 1:30pm #blacklivesmatter public roundtable lunch

Thursday, March 23: 
6:00 – 7:00pm AND, AND, AND … performances
7:00 – 8:00pm post performance roundtable dinner

Friday, March 24: 
12:00 – 1:00pm AND, AND, AND … performances
1:00 – 2:00pm post performance roundtable lunch

Saturday, March 25: 
12:00 – 4:00pm Black Lunch Table Wikipedia edit-a-thon @ Sloane Art Library
5:00 – 6:30pm #blacklivesmatter public roundtable dinner

Thursday, March 30:
5:00 – 6:30pm Roundtable for artists of the African Diaspora with dinner

Friday, March 31: 
12:00 – 1:30pm Roundtable for UNC students of the African Diaspora with dinner

Saturday, April 1: 
12:00 – 4:00pm BLT edit-a-thon

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