SPOTLIGHT SYMPOSIUM: Student Activism and the Power of Resistance

mainstage theater
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Student Activism and the Power of Resistance
Sunday, October 21st at 3:30 pm.

Meyers’ play We Will Not Be Silent depicts the true story of German college student Sophie Scholl and her crusade as the leader of a civil resistance movement against the Nazi Regime during World War II. We plan on discussing this play in a panel-style forum as part of our free enrichment program, the Spotlight Symposium Series, in which “theatre artists, area academics, and experts explore and discuss ideas related to the play and how they impact our world.”

Our goal is to challenge our audience to resist being bystanders to systemic issues in our society by showcasing the work of student activists and thoroughly examining events of the past.

Email elenamorris@newrep.org to reserve your complimentary spot.

PANELISTS:
David Mayers History Professor at Boston University
Vikiana Petit-Homme, Executive Director of March For Our Lives: Boston

David Mayers holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science Departments at Boston University. His primary area of teaching/research interest is the history of US foreign relations/international politics. Among his previous books are George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 1988), The Ambassadors and America’s Soviet Policy (Oxford University Press, 1995), Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned, 1861-1991 (St. Martin’s Press, 1998), Dissenting Voices in America’s Rise to Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007), FDR‘s Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2013), America and the Postwar World: Remaking International Society, 1945-1956 (Routledge, 2018). His current research/book project is centered on U.S. responses to international crises during the 1930s.

Vikiana Petit-Homme is a 17-year-old high school senior, and the Executive Director of March For Our Lives: Boston. She is a gun violence prevention advocate and has done a lot of work on empowering youth through civic engagement.