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Performance and discussion with Epic Theatre Ensemble of NYC

Friday, November 30, 2018
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gentry 144

Please join in welcoming and supporting the teens of Epic Theatre Ensemble ( https://www.epictheatreensemble.org ) as they perform two new original plays, followed by a “talk-back” with the actors and opportunity for discussion on important issues of equity and social justice in education.

This talented group of high school students is engaged in a tour that includes universities, local and state policy making groups, and a scheduled appearance in the presidential address of the AERA 2019 Annual Conference. We are honored to have the opportunity to host them here at the Neag School of Education.

NOTHING ABOUT US is a rigorous, passionate and hilarious exploration of educational segregation written and performed by those most affected and least consulted: students. What does separate but equal mean to us today? Transformation, empathy, and youth voice drive the conversation in this 30-minute touring play by EpicNEXT. “Nothing about us without us is for us.”

OVERDRIVE How many jobs demand that employees come up with the right answer on the spot, from memory, while the clock is ticking? How often are we forbidden to ask coworkers for help? How common is it for working professionals to be given a secret pencil-and-paper exam? The student researchers/writers/performers of EpicNEXT interviewed a diverse group of education stakeholders about the role of Standardized Assessments in Public Schools. Their findings will surprise you. OVERDRIVE is a 25-minute touring play that powerfully poses the question: Do we truly measure what we value and value what we measure?

This event has been made possible through the support of the UConn Initiative on Campus Dialogues.

Contact:

patricia.orourke@uconn.edu

Neag School of Education (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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