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Puppet Masters
 
MCC joined with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Bridging Cultures Distinguished Lecture Series to present “Puppets, Politics & Culture Wars in Southeast Asia,” a special program by Kathy Foley, professor of theater arts at the University of California Santa Cruz.
 
Professor Foley demonstrated how Southeast Asia’s traditional puppet performance of wayang is used as a tool of courts, presidents and political organizations. Calling on the long history of the puppet master as a juru penerangan (information officer) of the traditional Southeast Asian world, contemporary artists are making new work to respond to current political crises.

In addition to teaching at UC Santa Cruz, Foley is editor of Asian Theatre Journal, author of the Southeast Asian material in “The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre,” and numerous articles.

Her exhibitions of Asian puppets and masks have been shown at Hawaii’s East-West Center, the Northern Illinois Museum of Anthropology, the National Geographic Society, and Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts.

The event was offered at MCC's Federal Building in collaboration with Bristol and Quinsigamond community colleges, regional partners in the Asian Studies Development Program NEH Bridging Cultures grant.

After the lecture, students and faculty were allowed to participate in a hands on experience with the puppets and Foley's collection. Photos via Alyce O'Connell at www.alyceoconnell.com 

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Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012 11:08 AM by MCC Blog Admin

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Dona Cady said:

Many thanks go to Kathy Foley for such an informative and entertaining presentation on SE Asian puppetry, to the students and faculty who attended, to Alyce for wonderful photos that captured the excitement of the day, and to all those who helped make this event a success.

# November 12, 2012 9:50 PM

mohamed said:

many thanks to kathy :)

# November 16, 2012 2:47 PM
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