2009 Keynote Speakers


Evening Entertainment

 

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Monday night will be a colloquium panel of renowned criminologists discussing a yet to be determined prominent issue in the media. The colloquium is included in the cost of the conference registration and open to all Indiana State University personnel and students.  

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SNAPSHOT: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE INTERUPTED BY INVASION 

Performance is included in the cost of the conference registration and open to all Indiana State University personnel and students.  

 

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SNAPSHOT: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE INTERUPTED BY INVASION 

Written and Performed by Carmen Mitzi Sinnott

 

“SNAPSHOT: A True Story of Love Interrupted by Invasion” explores the forces of history, race, mental health issues and war. Written and performed by Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, SNAPSHOT an award winning one woman play, brings to life the true story of one bi-racial daughter’s journey to find her father who has been missing in her life since the Vietnam War. Initiated by being asked to perform at an antiwar rally at the onset of the Iraq war Sinnott explores the question of “what do I know about war?”. While playing fifteen different characters she finds the answers lying in an album of faded photos of her father who has been absent in her life since leaving for the Vietnam War before her birth. As snapshots from the album are projected on a black wall R&B tracks take us back to a high school dance floor in 1960s Appalachia where a white girl and black boy kiss for the first time. The sound of a gunshot brings the audience back to the rice fields of Vietnam and a soldier’s decision to kill or die. Carrying her past and the pain of her father’s absence, a moment of dance positions her in the quest to find him. Her growing insights reveal how the forces of history, race and war affected her and her family, and the torn fragments of her life begin to reconnect. SNAPSHOT honors her father and other Vietnam Veterans who have been lost under the avalanche of history. This play is a daring look at the truth of our past, present, and future. It is an inspiring example of the need for us to reconcile our history—one life at a time.

Mitzi received a Best Actress Nomination from The STAGE (London’s leading theatre newspaper) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for her performance. She has also won the Brooklyn Arts Council Artist Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Award, and special selection at the Cape Town Festival South Africa and International Women’s Theatre Festival Tornio Finland.