"So, You Say You Want a Revolution?": The Arts and Culture in Action
September 16-17, 2014
The Churchill Institute invites you to join the Westminster College community for the 2014 Hancock Symposium, "So, You Say You Want a Revolution?": The Arts and Culture in Action on September 16-17, 2014 in Fulton, Missouri.
Long before Lennon and McCartney penned Revolution for the Beatles in 1968, the Arts were inspiring waves of cultural, social, and political change around the globe. Artists may simply provide social or cultural commentary, as we see in the work of contemporary British street artist Banksy, known for his subversive graffiti stencils. Picasso used Guernica and Chopin his Revolutionary Etude to provide similar cultural commentaries during their lifetimes. Others use art to engage in the political process, such as Pete Seeger or 20th century Brazilian theater practitioner Augusto Boal, for whom art is not simply an expression of culture, but an agent for significant political change. This symposium will explore the various roles of the Fine Arts as they both reflect and ignite social and political change in world cultures of today and yesterday.