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Incognito: On Race, Identity and Self Discovery

Michael Fosberg
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Great Hall of Iowa State University's Memorial Union




Michael Fosberg grew up in a white working-class family outside of Chicago, raised by his biological mother and adoptive father. When he was in his early thirties his parents divorced, inspiring him to track down his biological father. During a phone call, Michael learned "a couple of things I'm sure your mother never told you:" first, that his father had not forgotten him and, second, that he is African American. This life-changing event led to a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Fosberg uses his autobiographical play, Incognito, to probe his past, his family's reaction, and our country's difficulty in understanding and discussing identity, race, and heritage. The unique presentation is followed by a discussion about the meaning of race and identity and the importance of embracing diversity.


Michael Fosberg has worked for more than thirty years as an actor, writer, director and educator. He published his memoir Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self Discovery as a follow-up to his highly successful autobiographical play, and is currently working on a second book about his decade of efforts to provoke conversations about race.

Fosberg has been a frequent guest in the media speaking on race and identity issues. His travels have taken him across the country facilitating meaningful conversations at educational institutions, corporations, government agencies and military bases. He has worked with organizations such as United Way Worldwide, the FBI, The Boeing Company and others, to help reshape the way organizations converse about race, identity, and diversity.


        


Progressive Voices Concert Series Presents

THE SEASON 7 LINE-UP

6 GREAT SHOWS, 3 WAYS TO SAVE

 
ALL PERFORMANCES AT
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
1800 BELL AVENUE, 
DES MOINES, IOWA

http://ucdsm.org/concerts


JOHN GORKA
Saturday,
Sept. 10, 2016,
 

7:30 p.m.

A folk icon whose stunningly soulful, baritone voice and multifaceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion have been turning heads for over three decades.

Music Video - Good Noise: 
 
hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWZNu0LHMWU
www.johngorka.com
 
HARPETH RISING
Friday,
December 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse folk, newgrass, rock, and classical into something organically unique. We are excited to have them back for an encore performance!

Music Video - I Am Eve:  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB6w6oncGq4
www.harpethrising.com
 
KELLEY MCRAE DUO
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


With a couple of guitars and a seemingly bottomless supply of effortlessly gorgeous harmonies, their songs display few theatrics and little angst but a lot of coolly measured Americana, every note, every line a marvel of down-to-the-bone minimalism and quiet, soulful pondering. 

Music Video - Brighter Than the Blues:  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLYRj_Vi6-o
www.kelleymcrae.com
 
 
DAVE NACHMANOFF
Saturday,
March 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Heartfelt, inspired songwriting with a delivery both biting and assured. He also has an impressive stylistic range, jumping from quietly sprightly folk-pop to Tin Pan Alley jazziness to bluesy rock and back again.

Music Video - Not What I Expected:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diSUdJZXJtc
www.davenach.com
 
ALICE PEACOCK
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


This Chicago-based singer/songwriter celebrates faith and human connection with buoyant, outwardly focused lyrics, feel-good guitar hooks, and heartland grooves. 

Music Video - Leading with My Heart:  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBFnZLJWHGY
www.alicepeacock.com
 
ROY ZIMMERMAN
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Roy Zimmerman returns to bring more of his unique brand of social and political satire to the struggle for peace, the environment, and social justice!

Music Video - To the Victims of This Tragedy We Send Our Thoughts and Prayers:  
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hdX1MUOgQw
www.royzimmerman.com
 
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  • Tickets are transferable! You may transfer your ticket to a friend by just contacting us prior to any show.
  • Tickets may be exchanged! 4-show season ticket holders may exchange the ticket for one show for any other (limit one ticket per show for each season ticket holder).


 
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