by Pamela Young, Published September 27, 2011
YPSILANTI - Ellen W. Kaplan, a noted educator and writer known for her work with theatre in world-wide conflict zones, will be the guest speaker for the new season of Visions and Voices Speaker Series at Eastern Michigan University, Monday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., in the Student Center auditorium.
Her lecture, "Making Theatre in Zones of Conflict: In Prisons, Sarajevo and the Middle East," is free and open to the public.
Kaplan uses the power of theatre to help people "walk in each other's shoes and listen to many voices." She believes the arts play an important role in repairing the scars of violence and can be a powerful tool for mediating social crises
She currently is chair of theatre, professor of acting and directing at Smith College in Massachusetts, and former director of Jewish Studies at the school.
Kaplan was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica and was twice awarded a Fulbright Artist in Residence in Hong Kong. She has performed and directed works throughout the world including Israel, where she worked with intercultural theatre companies around the country.
The Visions and Voices Speaker Series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University.