Been There Lecture #1: Omi Osun/Joni Jones

The Been There Online Lecture Series is a series of inspired interactive conversations with experienced community accountable scholars offering their experience navigating multiple institutions and putting their brilliance to work with and in honor of oppressed communities.

Been There Lecture #1: Dec. 11th, 2012    8pmET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT

Dr. Omi Osun/Joni L. Jones is a beacon of black queer feminist community accountable intellectual praxis.  Her work to create the Austin Project, a transformative community performance project centered on the experiences of women of color in Austin, TX and her creation, navigation, critque and transformation of institutional spaces inside and outside of the academy make her experiences a priceless resource for all us who aspire to create inclusive space for (never again) silenced brilliance with our lives!


Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Ph.D is an artist/scholar whose most recent exploration in the theatrical jazz aesthetic include the role of GreGre Gurl in Sharon Bridgforth’s, blood pudding in the 2010 New York SummerStage Festival.  Omi is Director of  The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and is Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the founder of the Austin Project—a collaboration of women of color artists, scholars, and activists who use art for re-imagining society, and is lead editor of Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic, that documents this work (UT Press 2010). Omi is completing work on a forthcoming ethnography on jazz aesthetics and Yoruba cosmology in theatre titled, Jazz, Ase, and The Power of the Present Moment.

The offering for each Been There Lecture is sliding scale $18-35 and supports the continued work of the  Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind community school.

Registration for this Been There lecture will close on Dec 3rd. Use the paypal button above to register for the course.  Please include a current email address with your paypal payment to receive instructions for how to tune in to the online conversation.

And to get excited by a small example of Dr. Omi Osun/ Joni L. Jones’s brilliance check out her inspiring lecture at University of Texas at Austin where she taught and directed the center for Black Studies on the role of allies in academic institutions  “6 Rules for Allies” right here (note the emphatic and powerful shouts out to Audre Lorde and the Combahee River Collective!!!!): 6 Rules for Allies


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