MillerComm Lecture Series

Navigating With(out) Instruments

Thursday, September 26th, 2024
traci kato-kiriyama

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana

Event Description

Join us for a talk and reading with traci kato-kiriyama on transgenerational trauma and delight, collective self-care, and creative self-determination. She will discuss the memories she both needed to face and wanted most to engage in with the communities surrounding her—from fighting cancer to navigating other “Death Moments”; from her parents’ and grandparents’ history in American concentration camps to the collective catharsis of Redress; from intense struggles to deep joys of solidarity work; from solo creative process to place-honoring work with an art+community lens in Los Angeles; from releasing conventional expectations to birthing art through self-determined pathways.

kato-kiriyama offers a dynamic evening of poetry, storytelling, community conversation, and even a prompt or two to take with you and continue your verses.

Hosted by: Global Art Performance Initiatives, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

In conjunction with: Asian American Cultural Center, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Creative Writing Program, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of English, Department of Gender & Women's Studies, Improvisers Exchange, Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Rhetoric Program, Robert J. and Katherin Carr Visiting Author Series, School of Music, Spurlock Museum, Unit One | Allen Hall

traci kato-kiriyama

George A. Miller Visiting Artist
Poet, author, performer