• Goddard scholar invited to institute
     | June 06,2014

    PLAINFIELD — A professor at Goddard College has been accepted as a participant in the National Endowment of the Humanities’ three-week summer institute.

    H. Sharif Williams, chairman of Goddard’s faculty council, is one of 25 chosen for the institute from a field of more than 140. The institute will explore “Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions” in July at Emory University.

    Williams is a cultural studies scholar, social justice activist and sex researcher, as well as a published poet and playwright; two of his plays have been performed at the New York International Fringe Theatre Festival. According to a news release, he studied with renowned Brazilian theater director Augusto Boal in The Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory and Chris Vine in Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

    The purpose of the summer program is “to create a type of ‘think tank’ to develop critical language for the 21st century” to describe black aesthetics in the arts.

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