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Social justice issues focus of lecture at Olivet College
Mar 29, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. Marlon Bailey, an Olivet College alumnus and international actor, will present as part of the colleges Lecture and Symposium Series on Wednesday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. His presentation, titled Being a member, standing apart and sometimes acting alone: The complex politics of social justice, is open to the public.

Bailey has focused his academic and artistic career on social justice, particularly racial, gender and sexual equality. He has worked with AIDS Project East Bay, The Black Gay and Lesbian Leadership Forum, and the Men of Color Motivational Group Inc., in Detroit. He has presented on these topics at Dillard, Harvard and Syracuse universities, University of California Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut.

Bailey has performed at the Attic Theatre in Detroit, the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Kentucky Shakespeare Theatre Company in Louisville. In 1998, he served as a guest artist-in-residence for the Abibigromma Theatre Company at the National Theatre of Ghana.

Bailey is a former assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Michigan Flint, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Kentucky and a Knight Foundation Fellow in dramatic arts and dance at Macalester College in Minnesota.

Bailey, who lives in Oakland, Calif., is a doctoral candidate in African Diaspora Studies with an emphasis in women, gender and sexuality at the University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley). He earned a bachelors degree (cum laude) in theatre and speech education at Olivet College in 1991, a master of fine arts in acting from West Virginia University, and a masters degree in African-American studies from Berkeley.


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