Ending the Silence: A Conversation on Race & Privilege

Feb 20, 2015
UI Students
UCC Recital Hall
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 2:00pm


Join the Darwin Turner Action Theatre (DTAT) for Ending the Silence: A Conversation on Race & Privilege on Friday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the UCC Recital Hall.

A group of students from the University of Iowa, with guidance from DTAT Director Tlaloc Rivas, have come together to present a series of performances and readings as an artistic response to the recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, and our own Iowa City, and beyond.

“My hope is that it serves as a catalyst for conversation. Often, when we’re affected by current events, we don’t have a means (and social media is a poor substitute for nuanced, thoughtful discussion) to have a real dialogue on what is happening in our world,” says Director of DTAT, Tlaloc Rivas. “There are real, complicated and frustrating issues in our country. What we’re trying to do is create a forum for that. All students participating in End the Silence were affected by recent events of police brutality, unjustified shootings, and the incarceration of those who protested nationwide; DTAT is here to support their artistic response and to share it with fellow students and faculty at the University of Iowa.”

Darwin Turner Action Theatre (DTAT) is the social outreach component for the Theatre Arts Department. It was originally established in 1968 as Black Action Theatre. Its mission was to expose Iowa audiences to African-American culture and promote knowledge and understanding to people of different backgrounds. DTAT is now more culturally and socially inclusive, reflecting the growing diversity of our state and country. It presents dynamic, thought-provoking pieces of theatre for social and cultural awareness. With offerings for all ages, DTAT's performances and workshops are interactive and aimed to provoke awareness and discussion.


Tickets for Special Projects are free of charge.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.