Students to perform “Ragtime” and host academic forum discussing the musical’s social, cultural themes

Author: Shannon Chapla


The Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo) at the University of Notre Dame will presentRagtimeFeb. 2, 3, 9 and 10 in Washington Hall on campus and host an academic forum titledRagtime 100 Years Later: Defining Our Generations American Dreamat 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7).

Admission to the musical is $8 ($6 for students and seniors) and tickets are available by calling theLaFortuneStudentCenterbox office at 574-631-8128.The forum is free and open to the public.All performances will take place at7:30 p.m.

Based on E. L. Doctorows 1975 novel,Ragtimehighlights the experiences of established whites inNew York, African-Americans in Harlem and immigrants from all over, as they come together inAmericain the early 1900s.

The forum will analyze the meanings and messages of the production, focusing on the use of racially charged, discriminatory language, as well as theAmerican dreamand how it pertains to differences in race, gender and economic class.

Panelists will include Don Pope-Davis, dean of the Graduate School and professor of psychology, who specializes in cultural and racial identity development; G. David Moss, assistant vice president for Student Affairs; Martin Wolfson, associate professor of economics, whose areas of interest include the effects of the economy on the welfare of working people; Crystal Blount, a Notre Dame graduate student who is researching the impact of psychological stress from racial or ethnic discrimination; and Christy Fleming Greene, assistant professional specialist in the First Year of Studies and an advisor to the student group Shades of Ebony.

Founded 10 years ago, PEMCo is the largest student-run musical theater company on campus and is composed of Notre Dame and Saint Marys College students from all backgrounds.It is complemented by a pit orchestra including members of the Notre Dame Band.

The forum is co-sponsored by the student groups Shades of Ebony and Wabruda.

* Contact: * _Tim Masterton, PEMCo,

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