Arts Leadership Book Club

The Arts Leadership Programs at Seattle University invite the Arts Leadership community to participate in the first inaugural book club series. Each session will explore the following topics:

  1. Book connection to self (i.e., how does this book influence the work of examen?)
  2. Book connection to arts leadership (i.e., in what ways is this book in dialogue with leadership
    in the arts sector?)
  3. Book connection to change (i.e., what awareness, tools, understandings, and/or actions does
    this book provide within the work of social justice?)

All book club events will take place in the JEFF 401 Classroom at Seattle University. To RSVP for a book club session, contact Rachel Betron.

Past Events

Monday, May 20, 6pm-9pm: How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz
An aesthetic, spatial, & racial engagement with Seattle University’s neighborhood led by Roxy Hornbeck & Jasmine Mahmoud, Assistant Professors, Seattle University

This workshop will connect racialized spatial histories of Seattle (including from restrictive covenants and redlining) to gentrification and arts infrastructure to reflect upon, imagine, and practice the ways in which arts leaders can spatially practice in more anti-racist, anti-oppressive ways.


Monday April 29, 7pm-9pm: Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics by José Esteban Muñoz A person with long blonde hair and dark skin wearing a flower crown on the cover of Jose Esteban Munoz's Disidentifications book.
An arts archival workshop led by Jasmine Mahmoud, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership, Seattle University

In this seminal text central in the fields of Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Theory, Critical Race Studies, Latinx Studies, and Art History, José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013) documents art and performance practices by queer artists of color. This book club event will unfold as embodied
conversation, where readers will engage Muñoz’s concept of “disidentification” to think through, aesthetically reflect upon, and embody how arts leaders can support artmaking by minoritarian artists.

Monday, February 25, 6pm - 9pm: The (M)OTHERS by Nikki Yeboah and Cultural Struggles
by Dwight Conquergood
A Special Oral History Performance workshop led by Nikki Yeboah, playwright and Assistant Professor at San Jose State University

Photo of Nikki Yeboah smiling and wearing a shirt that says This three-hour workshop is an introduction to the process of collecting oral histories within marginalized communities, specifically for scholar-practitioners who seek to make community-engaged social justice performance. Participants will be introduced to techniques and ethics of conducting interviews in the community as a mode of activism and advocacy. Taking participants step by step through her practice, Nikki Yeboah models an approach to the creative process that prioritizes ethics and politics over more familiar theatrical elements such as character, plot and spoken text. Reflecting back on her own process, Yeboah also provides a glimpse into missteps and offer lessons learned along the way.


Monday, January 28, 6pm - 8pm: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
A dialogue through layered collage making by Roxy Hornbeck, Assistant Professor, Arts LeadershipBook cover of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

"What is White Fragility? In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent and meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth examination, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively" (book cover, 2017).

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401

Rosa Joshi 
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership