McGill Lecture at Trinity College on April 6 to Feature Renowned Artist

Anida Yoeu Ali to Deliver the Annual McGill Lecture as a Performance and Visual Experience

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 23, 2016 –

Anida Yoeu Ali. Photo by John Marinelli​
What: Anida Yoeu Ali, Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63 Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, will deliver the annual McGill Lecture in International Studies on “Transcending the In-Between: A Lecture, Performance, and Visual Experience of Hybridity, Otherness, and Exiled Bodies.” She will present her lecture as a performance and visual experience, which is free and open to the public. A reception, to be held in the Grand Room, Admissions and Career Development Center, will immediately follow.

When: Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Connecticut

Background: Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist, scholar, and global agitator. She earned a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ali’s performances of The Red Chador: What Is It You Fear? on and off campus provoked a wide range of responses from Trinity students and Hartford residents. No stranger to controversy, Ali’s artworks have agitated the White House, been attacked by anonymous vandals, and been censored by various institutions. With a keen attention to site-specific performances, Ali will combine stories, bodies, and imagery into live sculptural moments.

Ali is the winner of the 2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and co-founder of Studio Revolt, an award-winning media lab working between the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions.

The McGill International Studies Fund was established in 1996 with a gift from Patricia C. and Charles H. McGill III ’63. The gift helped secure a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The income from the fund is to be used to support the appointment of visiting humanities scholars, primarily international scholars, in the academic areas of international studies that include African studies, Asian studies, Caribbean and Latin American studies, Middle East studies, global studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies.

Charles H. McGill III ’63 is a nationally recognized expert in mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate strategic planning and restructuring, with significant experience in consumer products, restaurant and food service, and information services. McGill is the founding partner of Sagamore Partners, an acquisitions adviser. Previously, he was a senior executive of Fortune Brands, Dun & Bradstreet, and the Pillsbury Company. McGill is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Trustees and its Board of Fellows. He received the College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence in 1993. The McGills are the parents of a 1994 Trinity graduate.

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