Saturday, March 31st from 4-6 pm

A conversation about the parallel pursuits of playwriting and anthropology.

This free symposium is presented in conjunction with InterAct’s production of HUMAN RITES, which ignites vital questions: 

·    When does someone have the “right” to chronicle another culture? 

·    What role might identity politics play in both anthropological research & playwriting? 

·    Do we need to choose between subjectivity and objectivity, between authenticity and the creative imagination? 

The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake (302 S. Hicks Street)


Richard Shweder, Professor of cultural psychology at the University of Chicago, whose paper What about Female Genital Mutilation? And Why the Question of Culture Matters in the First Place, inspired HUMAN RITES

Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, Anthropological scholar whose life and research has been a primary source for HUMAN RITES 

Deborah Thomas, Professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania

Mona Washington, Playwright & graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. Her play THE RIDER was recently produced in January 2018 as part of the The Fire This Time Festival in New York. 

Gordon Bermant, Lecturer in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Mashuq Deen, Playwright & actor, whose autobiographical one-man show, DRAW THE CIRCLE will be performed at InterAct in June

Seth Rozin, Playwright of HUMAN RITES and Producing Artistic Director of InterAct