Dancers in Company at the Figge Art Museum -- April 5.

Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m.

Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second Street, Davenport IA

On April 5, the Figge Art Museum will present a pair of special evening events exploring the principle of “collective action” – how individual energies can be united toward common goals – in the venue's 6 p.m. Scholar Talk with the University of Iowa's Dr. Ali Hanan, and, at 6:45 p.m., a performance by the touring student artists of the university troupe Dancers in Motion.

An associate professor of philosophy and director of graduate studies at the University of Iowa, Hasan will address collective action of the sort recently seen in protests ranging from the 2017 and 2018 Women's Marches in Washington D.C. to the March 24 March for Our Lives: what collective action is, why we should care, and whether moving toward sustainability is essentially a collective act. Having earned his 2008 Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Hasan's research and teaching interests include epistemology, philosophy of mind, and early modern philosophy, and his published works include the book A Critical Introduction to the Epistemology of Perception.

Dancers in Company, co-directed by Jessica Anthony and Jennifer Kayle, is the university's group of undergraduate and graduate students who tour Iowa and the Midwest from February to June each year offering live concerts, workshops, and lecture demonstrations for audiences of all ages. The company's repertoire changes annually and is selected from award-winning dances by faculty, guest artists, and emerging student choreographers, among them noted choreographers Nicholas Leichter, Thaddeus Davis, Gina Patterson, and Harrison McEldowney. Now in its 34th year, the company will, on April 5, create a work with artistic director Kayle exploring the theme of “collective action,” inviting Figge patrons to join the dancers in questioning, challenging, and inspiring ideas about how we make things happen together.

Hasan's presentation and the dancers' performance will be preceded by a 4 p.m. happy hour with sandwich baskets available for purchase at 5 p.m., and will conclude with a brief post-performace talk-back session at 7:30 p.m. For more information on this and other upcoming events, call (563)326-7804 or visit FiggeArtMuseum.org.

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