Call for Submissions: Facilitators for In-Session (September-November 2018 and January-June 2019)

We invite you to collaborate on our monthly series, In-Session. Each individual will curate a stand-alone conversation and performance based on the theme of citizen(ship). Who is a citizen? What are the rights and duties of a citizen? How do we claim ownership of an identity that excludes so many? What role does citizenship have in the creation of texts? What does it mean to be citizens of multiple identities? Facilitators will choose one reference text from a reading list provided, and will select performers (in any discipline) to create a dialogue with the text.

About In-Session

A remix of the traditional lecture or panel, In-Session is a critical interdisciplinary salon that incorporates reading, conversation, and performance together. The salons are focused on a selection from a shared reading list which is compiled based on a theme. Artists, curators and community members curate the In-Session, selecting the reading and the performers. The conversation on the selection is activated by performance – music, song, poetry, dance, or movement. The 2018-19 series is guided and framed by Claudia Rankine’s 2014 collection Citizen: An American Lyric.


All are welcome to organize an In-Session. To submit, please complete the proposal form for a stand-alone event based around one of the reference texts. Applicants should plan to fill an hour and a half-long time slot.  In-Session happens the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.

We will notify you of your selection in June.

Each session will have a budget of $1000, to be split among facilitators and performers.

Citizen(ship) Reading List (by discipline)

Articles + Criticism:

  1. Call me Akata: Reclaiming our birthright as Indigenous and African people born on American soil, Chelsea Neason
  2. The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely by Alex Tabarrok (b. 1966)
  3. Israel Will Hire Civilians to Capture African Migrants and Refugees, Carlos Ballesteros
  4. What Palestine Taught Me About American Racism, Vic Mensa (b. 1993)
  5. History is a Weapon: The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro – Frederick Douglass, 1852 (speech)
  6. Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I A Woman” (speech)

Long-Form Text:

  1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (b. 1977), Americanah (2014)
  2. Gloria Anzaldúa, La Prieta, from This Bridge Called My Back (1983)
  3. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)
  4. Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2017)
  5. Homi Bhabha – From “DissemiNation: Time, narrative and the margins of the modern nation,” in The Location of Culture (1994)
  6. Octavia Butler (1947-2006), Parable of the Sower (1993)
  7. Edmonia Lewis, Old Arrow Maker (1872),  Forever Free (1867) and Child of Fire by Kirsten Pai Buick
  8. Bhanu Kapil, Schizophrene
  9. Melissa Harris Perry (b. 1973), Sister Citizen (2011)
  10. Isabel Wilkerson (b. 1961), The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011)
  11. Claudia Rankine, Citizen, (2014)



  1. Zoe Leonard (b. 1961), I want a president. (1992)
  2. Winter Tangerine, Hands Up Don’t Shoot (2015)
  3. Xandria Phillips (b. 1992), Contract for Social Death (2016)
  4. Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi, p. 30 (13th century CE)
  5. Undocupoets (2015-present)


  1. Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), What’s Going On (1971)
  2. Fela Kuti (1938-1997) and the Africa 70, Confusion (1974)
  3. Bob Marley (1945-1981), Buffalo Soldier (recorded 1978, released 1983)
  4. Janelle Monáe (b. 1985), Metropolis Suites I-V (The Chase, The ArchAndroid, and The Electric Lady) (2007-2013)
  5. Solange (b. 1986), A Seat at the Table (2016)
  6. Tropicália, ou Panis et Circencis (1968)
  7. Nina Simone (b. 1933), Mississippi Goddam (1964)
  8. Nina Simone, “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life” (1968)

Film + Video:

  1. Conversations around Black Panther (2018), directed by Ryan Coogler
  2. What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), directed by Liz Garbus
  3. Time: The Kalief Browder Story (2017), created by Julia Willoughby-Nason
  4. Ava DuVernay, 13TH (2016)
  5. Dee Rees, Mudbound (2017)
  6. Strange Fruit, song by Nina Simone, performed by Monet X Change (2018)


  1. https://www.blackcensus.org/
  2. The Green Book
  3. Citizenship Resource Center – U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services – Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security
  4. Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education, 2015
  5. Poet Claudia Rankine on Serena Williams, Interview – LA Times Festival of Books, 2015


    1. Are you Smart Enough to be a Citizen?  Take Our Quiz.– The Atlantic, July/August 2013 Issue
    2. U.S. government denies Afghanistan War veteran’s bid for citizenship due to felony convictionThe Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2018
    3. Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?The New York Times, January 5, 2018