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Mary Kathryn Nagle: Sovereignty in the Courts, and Sovereignty on Stage

Thu Sep 23, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Mary Kathryn Nagle will discuss the connection between addressing the systemic erasure of Native voices in the arts, the fight to restore tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction in the courts, and safety for Native women. Just as blackface was created to justify and perpetuate the legal regime of slavery in the United States, redface was created in the early 19th century to perpetuate and promote a legal regime authorizing genocide. The continuing use of redface today, in the American theater, has resulted in the perpetuation of a legal regime that strips Tribal Nations of their inherent sovereignty to protect Native women and children, and has left Native women and children more likely to experience domestic abuse, homicide, and sexual assault than any other population in the United States. The talk will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A moderated by Beth Piatote, associate professor of Native American Studies and Comparative Literature and affiliated faculty member in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. Presented by the Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley About the Speaker: Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is also a partner at Pipestem and Nagle Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the first Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Nagle is an alum of the 2013 Public Theater Emerging Writers Program. Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59), Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater), Crossing Mnisose (Portland Center Stage), Sovereignty (Marin Theatre Company), and Manahatta (Yale Repertory Theatre). She has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater (Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre, Round House Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Theater. Zoom Login Required: Attendees are required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley. If you do not have a Zoom account, you can create a free account at Accessibility: If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.