Lacina Coulibaly – Artist-in-ResidenceLacinaRaised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lacina Coulibaly trained in West African dance and European contemporary dance, dancing with the Ballet National du Burkina Faso, Compagnie Salia Nï Seydou, and Irène Tassambedo, before co-founding Kongo Ba Teria with Souleymane Badolo. Reshaping traditional values to speak to present day concerns, Kongo BaTeria is a leading promoter of contemporary dance in West Africa. From 1996-2000, Compagnie Kongo Ba Téria performed on many African stages in countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Cameroon. Since 2000, the company has toured throughout Europe to France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Germany. Coulibaly and Badolo’s creations have won international awards, including the Pan-African competition SANGA. Coulibaly is a featured artist in the documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa, which documents the emergent experimental African dance scene. He has taught at the University of Florida and Brown University, and is currently on faculty at Yale.

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Genevieve Hyacinthe

Genevieve Hyacinthe is a scholar of art history with particular focus on art since 1945, West African art and its Diaspora, performance art and ritual more broadly, as well as issues of globalism.

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Hussein Rashid

Hussein Rashid is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. Through his work as an academic and an advisor to institutions from the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to Al-Jazeera America, he is committed to contributing to an intelligent conversation on religion and religious life in America.

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Danielle Egan

R. Danielle Egan is Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Her research examines the ways in which our society creates and polices sexual acceptability. She is particularly interested in the creative ways people negotiate, resist and are, at times, complicit with dominant cultural views on sexuality.

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Lydia Volaitis