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Conversations with Mark Morris ft. Alice Waters, chef & food activist

Thursday, March 18, 2021 / 8:30 pm EDT


In this event, acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris will engage in an interactive conversation about the arts, music, and food with chef and food activist, Alice Waters. The conversation will be moderated by journalist Paula Zahn. After having brought his Mark Morris Dance Group to Purdue in the spring of 2016, Morris is no stranger to Purdue audiences or dance audiences around the world. The conversation will run approximately one hour and will also consist of a live chat function where attendees will be able to post their questions for the panelists in hopes of having them discussed live during the event.

About the panelists:
Mark Morris, praised as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (The New York Times), was born in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. In the early years of his career, he performed with the companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created over 150 works for the company. Noted for his musicality, Morris has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music” (The New Yorker). Morris opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York, in 2001 to provide a home for his company, subsidized rental space for local artists, community education programs for children and seniors, and a school offering dance classes to students of all ages and levels.

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California (est. 1971). She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free regenerative school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change. Alice is the author of sixteen books including her critically acclaimed memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, and The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.

Nine-time Emmy award-winning journalist Paula Zahn is the executive producer and host of Investigation Discovery’s On the Case with Paula Zahn and host of WNET’s weekly arts and culture multi-platform showcase, NYC-Arts. Zahn began her journalism career in local news, working for stations in Dallas-Fort Worth, San Diego, Houston, Boston and Los Angeles. She was first introduced to national audiences as an anchor for the news segments on ABC News’ Good Morning America. She went on to host shows for CBS News, Fox News and CNN. Zahn’s many years of reporting have not only won her the public’s trust, but many prestigious honors, including six Gracie Awards, two National Headliner Awards, and recognition of her career reportage from the Museum of Television and Radio. An accomplished cellist, Zahn attended college on a cello scholarship. She has performed with renowned musicians in world class venues including with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Sejong Soloists at Hoam Art Hall in Seoul and with Maestro Rostropovich in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the 100-cello orchestra he conducted.


Thursday, March 18, 2021
8:30 pm EDT
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West Lafayette, IN 47907 United States


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