Monday, April 20, 2009

Topics Descriptions From Our Keynote Speakers

Kerr Cuhulain (Saturday)
The topic of my presentation is hope. The modern world seems to be more and more chaotic, increasingly violent, and ever more isolated. One of the greatest gifts that our Pagan community can give the world is hope. Hope for a better and more peaceful future. It is time for the Pagan community to set an example for the rest of the world to follow. It is time to show people how to be stewards of the earth. It is time to replace the guilt of the Judeo Christian religions of the Western world with the responsibility of the Wiccan Rede.

Andrew Burton (Sunday)
This presentation will explain and demonstrate the process of social action theatre and its application in addressing problems of prejudice and discrimination. Dealing with issues often means listening to a talk about something. Doing so does raise awareness but often does so in an academic and abstract way. Theatre allows participants to experience the emotions and details of an issue in an immediate and powerful process. Social Action Theatre goes beyond this by requiring the audience to take a stand and get involved, to generate real-world solutions to problems rather than just hear about them. Audience members will have the opportunity to experience and take part in a play creation process. Street Spirits actors will demonstrate and involve the audience in creating interactive scenes.

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