Kip Fulbeck at USF Nov 3

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
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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.”

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