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From Moonlight to Marcus: A Conversation on Black Queer Performance in the Age of McCraney

September 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UNC Department of Communication Colloquium Series 2018-2019 Co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, English and Comparative Literature, and Women’s & Gender Studies; the Program in Sexuality Studies; the Institute for African-American Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Featuring: Jeffrey McCune, Women’s & Gender Studies and AAAS, Washington University in St. Louis and GerShun Avilez, English & Director of Sexuality Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

This event is a critical dialogue on the artistic work of the creator of the blockbuster film Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. As a playwright, McCraney has wide reception—offering new ways to see and understand blackness and black performance. McCune and Avilez join minds, to discuss the rigorous representations and rhetoric of queerness that live in his work. Together, McCune and Avilez argue that McCraney marks a new moment in American Theatre and performance, while also providing a new lens for understanding race, gender, and sexuality.

Contact: Michael Palm,


September 12, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm