Culture can help us become who we are and it can also bring us into an alienating saming. When those who inhabit powerful cultural institutions— sports, music, Hollywood, literature—approach their work with a fearless sense of becoming, they expand the boundaries of belonging by deepening our understanding of the multidimensionality of humanness. The presenters in this panel conversation have explored the processes of othering and belonging through platforms of different types of cultural production. They have challenged assumptions about identity by fearlessly and vulnerably approaching their work. They have asked us to see themselves, those that they write about, or those they portray, from many different angles, often unvarnished and always more complex. And in these asks they raise hard questions about our willingness to move past a hopeful or abstract belonging and into one that is joyfully, intensely, and often, uncomfortably human.
A conversation with Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Michael Bennett, and Dawn Lyen Gardner. Moderated Q&A from the audience.