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

November 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The UNC Department of Communication Colloquium Series 2018-2019 will feature “From Moonlight to Marcus: A Conversation on Black Queer Performance in the Age of McCraney.” The discussion will be presented by Jeffrey McCune, Ph.D., associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, and GerShun Avilez, Ph.D., associate professor, English and Comparative Literature, and director, Program in 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 theater and performance, while also providing a new lens for understand race, gender, and sexuality.

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

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 & Humanities.


November 12, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Jame M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial Hall, Room 039
218 E. Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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