Roger Bonair-Agard " Baldwin Protocols Project"

September 22, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Charles and Romona Myers Center - Room 146 445 Algona St. Dubuque, IA. 52001
Academic Affairs Office - 563-589-3206

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Chicago poet and educator Roger Bonair-Agard will launch an innovative, arts-based critical thinking and writing project called “The Baldwin Protocols” with his presentation, “ Your Voice Matters: Authority, Language, and Agency in Higher Education”.  The presentation will be held in Myers 146.  UD students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend, along with everyone in the Dubuque area interested in intentionally racially-supportive programming that empowers all students in primarily white institutions with tools of critical analysis and writing.


The Baldwin Protocols, named after novelist, playwright, poet, and social critic, James Baldwin, are a series of arts-based workshops, seminars, and lectures which acknowledge the unique challenges faced by students of color in primarily white institutions.  The Protocols remind students what their advantages are and give them tools of critical analysis buoyed by the writing practice that will help them articulate their positions on campus, and eventually in the broader world.


In addition to Roger’s opening presentation, the Protocols include six weekend workshops that will study literature, visual art, music, dance and other contemporary media whose expressions allow for people’s ability to speak back to power.  After guided critical engagement with the art works, students will respond to two writing prompts per session that are designed to develop their analytic and critical voices.  Fifteen UD students have been invited to participate in the pilot program.  Program developers Bonair-Agard and UD professors Alice Oleson, Lauren Alleyne, and Henry Grubb envision broadening the Protocols to include as many UD departments as possible.


Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago and Brooklyn, a Cave Canem fellow, and author of four collections of poems, the most recent of which, Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), was long-listed for a National Book Award and won the Society of Midland Authors Prize for Poetry.  Co-founder of New York City’s “louderARTS” project and writer-in-residence for National Sawdust in Brooklyn, Roger has taught, lectured, and led workshops throughout the world on writing, culture, and racial inclusion.  He teaches creative writing with the Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy program at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago.  Roger is the creator and facilitator of the Baldwin Protocols, lives in Chicago, and is Nina’s father.

Event is free to the public!