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September 3, 2015

'Civil Disobedience in America: Songs and Perspectives' Sept. 10

Submitted by Marci Maullar

Civil Disobedience

Folk musicians and activists Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino along with members of the Ebony Theatre present "Civil Disobedience in America: Songs and Perspectives" at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. 

The program will focus on three issues in the history of civil disobedience in America: the anti-war movement, suffragette-women's movement and civil rights movement. Following the performance there will be a discussion and Q-and-A about recent civil disobedience events including Ferguson, Missouri, and the latest demonstrations by those who feel the need for change in the relationship between law enforcement and the African-American community. A panel, including the artists, civil rights expert John Exdell and members of Black Student Union will lead the discussion.

Throughout their 40-year career, Artzner and Leonino have performed on major stages at folk festivals and other pre-eminent concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and the Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Mariposa and Old Songs folk festivals.

Equally at home in the classroom as on the concert stage, Artzner and Leonino have shared their music and passion for history in countless diverse settings during their long career. Their recording credits comprise an impressive list, with 11 recordings of their own and track contributions included in several noteworthy anthologies, including the monumental collection produced by the Smithsonian Institution, "Folk Song America: a Twentieth Century Revival." Folk legend Pete Seeger performed on their last recording shortly before his death in 2014.

This program is produced by Marci Maullar, associate professor of theatre at K-State, with Academic Excellence Funding from the Office of the Provost. It is sponsored by Ebony Theatre.