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Kip Fulbeck at USF Nov 3

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Good timing on this one:

Kip Fulbeck: “What Are You: The Changing Face of America”

Monday, November 3, 2008
5:30 ”“ 7:30pm
University of San Francisco
Maier Hall (Fromm)
Golden Gate Ave at Parker
map link here

The Louise M. Davies Forum at the University of San Francisco is a challenging intellectual program that focuses on values in public life. The continuing theme of the Davies Forum “The Search for values in Contemporary America,” promises a refreshing examination of the turbulent state of American Society in the Last half of the 20th century and the present. But perhaps more importantly, it fosters an analysis of the country’s current struggle to define its purpose and direction. By bringing distinguished visitors to campus to work with selected USF students and faculty in seminars and discussions, the Forum provides opportunity for informed consideration of timely national and international issues.

This Fall 2008 the Davies Forum is titled “Mixed Race and the Legacy of Loving.”Â  This forum will explore the histories, issues, and implications of racial mixing and racial mixture, especially since the 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving vs. State of Virginia, which declared that it is unconstitutional “to prevent marriages between persons solely on the basis of racial classifications.” While the course, “People of Mixed Descent” offers a broad introduction to major issues concerning the historical and contemporary experiences of multiracial people, this seminar is a more in-depth and demanding interdisciplinary venture aimed at deeply exploring new scholarship on mixed race and intimate relationships, marriages, adoptions, and the social movements that advocate for interracial families and mixed race identities.kip1.jpg

Kip Fulbeck is an award-winning artist, slam poet and filmmaker. He is the author of Permanence: Tattoo Portraits; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me.

Mr. Fulbeck’s Davies Talk will discuss his experiences with “The Hapa Project,” which began as a forum for mixed descent Asian and Pacific Islanders to address the question “What are you?” in their own words, and later evolved into his book, Part Asian, 100% Hapa.  Part Asian is filled with over 100 individual, handwritten response to “What are you?,” is accompanied by portraits of each respondent, is meant to present the individuals and their growing community to the world, “a reality that will no longer be ignored.”

Flor in SF Weekly!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Flor got a little shout-out in the SF Weekly!
It’s in the “events” section, but hey, press is press…
This is one of the images from the “Flor 1978″ poster.
(BTW, lest anyone get confused, the project I call “Flor 1973-78” is the project that SFAC publicizes as “Flor de Manila y San Francisco“. The latter was its original working title on my proposal, which I later decided was a little long, and a little colonial. It’s still more poetic, though, so I figured, hey, there’s enough room in the world for 2 titles for 1 project…)

“Flor de Manila y San Francisco”
Flower Power
By Hiya Swanhuyser
SF Weekly
Jennifer K. Wofford’s drawings adorn streetside kiosks up and down Market Street; they are taken from her new graphic novel. “Flor de Manila y San Francisco” charts the progress and thoughts of a young woman, Flor Villanueva, as she moves from the Phillipines to the U.S. The pictures are deeply accessible and very beautiful, portraying Flor as an observant newcomer in the years between 1973 and 1978. She stands in familiar spaces (on Market Street, for example) but remembers her home as she considers the events of her time.The block-color and line-drawing images lend themselves extremely well to the poster format, reminding us, schematically, of the previous Art on Market Street series, Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert’s utopian funnies. But Wofford’s work is calmer and more personal, while still incorporating a little kitsch: one of the posters finds Flor scanning the sky, thinking about Skylab.