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"Same Story"--Different Countries<p><strong>Lynnette Young Overby, </strong>Ph.D. is a Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Delaware. She is the author or coauthor of over 40 publications and eight books, has a record of over 100 major presentations and performances. Her contributions have earned her more than 20 state, district, and national awards and honors, including the 2000 National Dance Association Scholar/Artist, and the 2004 Leadership Award from the National Dance Education Organization. Her publications have appeared in The <em>Journal of Mental Imagery, The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Cognition, Imagination and Personality, and the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.</em> With co-authors, Beth Post and Diane Newman, Overby published the book, <em>Interdisciplinary Learning through Dance: 101 Moventures.</em> She serves as co-editor of eight volumes of <em>Dance: Current Selected Research.</em> Her research interests are in the areas of mental imagery, arts education and interdisciplinary learning. Since 1999, She has received over 400,000.00 for research, outreach and teaching projects. Overby is a Board Member and Archivist for dance and the Child international (daCi). She is currently collaborating with P. Gabrielle Foreman on a long term "Performing History" research project. Lynnette's 2012 work "Sketches: The Life of Harriet E. Wilson in Dance, Poetry and Music." And her 2014 interdisciplinary work "Dave the Potter" combine original dance, music and poetry in an arts based research performance.</p><p><strong>P. Gabrielle Foreman</strong> is a literary historian and the author, most recently of <em>Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century</em> and Harriet Wilson's <em>Our Nig,</em> the Penguin Classics volume that first documented Wilson's wide-spread success as an antebellum hair-care entrepreneur as well as her long post-bellum life as Boston's "earnest and eloquent colored medium." Her current project, <em>The Art of DisMemory: Historicizing Slavery in Poetry, Performance and Material Culture</em> integrates historical and literary scholarship with the production of cultural performances that express her research interests through the arts. In doing so, she collaborates with Lynnette Overby, Professor of Dance, poets, visual artists and composers. Foreman is the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation, and the Huntington Library and the Kellogg National Leadership Program, among others. She has served on the editorial board of <em>American Literature</em> and is currently on the inaugural editorial board of J-19. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her Ph.D. is in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Foreman is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Black Studies at the University of Delaware. She has served as professor of English and American Studies at Occidental College and Visiting Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College.</p><p><strong>Colin D. Miller</strong> serves as Program Manager for the UD-Africa Initiative of the Institute for Global Studies, University of Delaware (UD). Prior to this position, Miller spent 12 years with Pro Helvetia South Africa, the Swiss Arts Council in Southern Africa, where he developed programs that promoted and facilitated organizational capacity building, artistic collaboration and cultural exchange in Southern Africa. He has spent much of his career in administrative and project management positions involved with the arts. Collin Miller is a trained musician and music educator. He currently teaches a course on World Music, focusing on Southern Africa and Brazil.</p><p><strong>Xiang Gao</strong> is the Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and the founding artistic director of the Master Players Concert Series at the University of Delaware He is recognized as one of the world's most successful performing artists of his generation from the People's Republic of China Xiang Gao's musical integrity and virtuoso technique have gained accolades from audiences and reviewers around the world, and he has performed for many world leaders. Most recently, Mr. Gao was a featured soloist performing for the former Chinese President Hu JinTao and the visiting King Carlos I of Spain. In 2014, he was granted the Delaware Governor's Award for his contribution in the Art. Highlights of the recent season's engagements include the North American premiere of Eduard Tubin's violin concerto No. 1 with the Detroit Symphony; the 2011 world premiere of Kristin Kuster's "Two Jades" for solo violin and symphony band in Disney Hall, Los Angeles and the National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing, China; solo performances with more than 100 orchestras worldwide including the Czech Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony-National Orchestra of Sweden, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, the Estonia National Symphony, the Mexico State Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival orchestras and the Knoxville Symphony.<br></p>2015<p>This project will provide an artistic venue for researchers, artists, and participants to illuminate South African and United States historical and contemporary racial issues. As a truly multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary research project, it will engage historical and literary research, poetry, original music and choreographed performance pieces that incorporate projections of visual art.<br></p><p>Painting by Garth Erasmus<br></p><p>​<a href="http://www1.udel.edu/udaily/2016/feb/same-story-022916.html" target="_blank">UDaily Article</a><br></p><p><a href="https://www.inwilmingtonde.com/blog/powerful-messages-told-through-equally-powerful-performances" target="_blank">!n Wilmington Article</a><br></p><p><br></p>overby cemiller xiangg

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