Georgetown – Kennedy Center Seminars: The Human Journey

Georgetown - Kennedy Center Seminars

Spring 2020 1-credit “Encounters in Global Performance” 

In Spring 2020, the 1-credit course, “Encounters in Global Performance” is being offered again. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. No previous experience with performing arts is required. This course is designed for students across the disciplines with an interest in the power of performance and the arts to engage with critical issues in our world, including in-depth interaction with the artists from these productions.

In Fall 2018, Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts launched The Georgetown – Kennedy Center Seminar Series, a new collaboration linking Kennedy Center performances, creative talent and community patrons with Georgetown faculty and students.

This engagement is a partnership between Georgetown College, the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, and the Designing the Future(s) Initiative. Questions about the seminar series in general should be sent to

Fall 2018 Seminars (Performances and Post-Performances)

The Fall 2018 Seminars took place across November 2018. All performances and conversations were free to attend for all students who enroll. Post-performance conversations were curated by Professor Derek Goldman (Theater and Performance Studies, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics). Professor Isaiah Wooden (American University, Performing Arts) served as the Seminar Scholars’ Writing Mentor.

Long Way Down

Performance: Thu 11/1 @ 7:00 p.m.

Conversation: Mon 11/5 @ 11:00 a.m.

Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Fifteen-year-old Will’s brother has just been shot, and Will is ready to follow “The Rules”: 1) “No Crying.” 2) “No Snitching.” 3) “Get Revenge.” But on the ride down, with his brother’s gun in his pocket, his plan is interrupted by a few visitors. Post-performance on-campus with Justin Weaks, actor and Timothy Douglas, the Director.

Silent Night

Performance: Wed 11/14 @ 7:30 p.m.

Conversation: Fri 11/16 @ 1:00 p.m.

The year is 1914 and the Great War has just been declared, dividing nations and sending millions into battle. As Christmas Eve falls on a battlefield near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie—resulting in one miraculous night of peace.  Post-performance on-campus with Nicole Paiement, Conductor and Colin Brush, Artistic Administrator, Washington National Opera.

Barber Shop Chronicles

Performance: Wed 11/28, 8:00 p.m.

Conversation: Fri 11/30, 11:00 a.m.

Set in barbershops in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and London, Barber Shop Chronicles welcomes you into this unique, intimate community where African men gather to discuss the world and their lives. These are places where the banter can be barbed but the truth is always telling.  Post-performance on-campus Inua Ellams, playwright and company members.