TOMORROW, FRIDAY MARCH 9, 7 P.M. AT PERKINS, COME LEARN SOMETHING NEW:
BREAKING YOUR MESSAGE
OUT OF PRISON
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, STEPHEN DILKS, Ph.D, WILL TELL US TWO OLD-FASHIONED, RIP-ROARING, TRUE STORIES ABOUT SMUGGLING, FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE, AND CREATIVELY GETTING A MESSAGE OUT PAST THE AUTHORITIES TRYING TO CRUSH IT:
STORY ONE: Hailed as a "terrorist," Bobby Sands used prose and poetry, which was written on cigarette papers, toilet paper, and other scraps of paper and then smuggled out of Long Kesh in the bodily orifices of friends and family, to fight for the Republican cause, turning himself into an iconographic hero.
STORY TWO: Finding another way to deal with with the struggle in Northern Ireland, Gearoid Mac Lochlainn continues the fight . . . with the spoken word. His weapon: performance poetry, moving between Irish and English as he sways both crowds and individuals to his cause.
Dilks will show us video clips, both to give a context for Bobby Sands and the prison that confined him at Long Kesh, and so we can experience the persuasive performance poetry of Mac Lochlainn.
RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/ProvocateursAndPeacemakers/events/49456112/
There's plenty for us to take away from this for our discussion:
- What are the best ways of dealing with your oppressors?
What do you do when they have the clear, upper hand in terms of sheer, physical numbers and power?
What do you think of "creative resistance" and "pacifist mediation"?
What does history tell us about what works best?
- How can great literature transcend its medium?
Those of you were were with us last time know that Stephen Dilks is a spell-binding communicator and fun discussion leader. He is also the author of Samuel Beckett in the Literary Marketplace (NY: Syracuse UP, 2011), Founding Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching, and UMKC Director of Universal Design for Learning.
Afterward, join us for more conversation at Callahan's or the Green Mill.
Fred Heeren / [masked] / [address removed]