Challenging Hegemony


This year’s series of events enacts the humanities by expressing our shared human experience through collaborations with dynamic artists, healers, and expert scholars. Led by Playwright-in-Residence Charlotte Meehan in partnership with Provost Renée White, and Professors M. Gabriela Torres, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, Kirk Anderson, and Wheaton undergraduates, the Institute is hosting two powerful and inspiring performance events in the fall and a two-day participatory symposium on narrative medicine in the spring.

This programming provides Wheaton students and the whole community with opportunities for experiential learning, inclusive conversation, art making, ritual healing, and storytelling. We will use these occasions to choose the generous life of the mind and to celebrate its transformative power together.

Calendar, 2018-19

The following events are open to the whole Wheaton community.

Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 7, 2019, Various Locations on Campus

Narrative Medicine and the Healing Arts: a Participatory Symposium

A two-day celebration of holistic healing practices for body, mind, spirit, and community. Yoga workshops, story circles, poetry, drama, and sharing through music will be complemented by ceremonial meals to bring the Wheaton community into a new state of mindfulness around contributing to a peaceful and just world from within.

Yoga master Maya Breuer, American Indian peace activist Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre (of Maliseet and Mi’kmaq descent), performance artist Robbie McCauley, poet Sarah Gambito, and disabilities-related feminist theatre practitioner/scholar Brenda Foley, join together to bring Wheaton students and the whole community into two full days of thinking, moving, and healing.

Hosted by Professors Charlotte Meehan, Stephanie Burlington Daniels, and Gabriela Torres, with guest host Sarah Gambito (Director, MFA creative writing program, Fordham University).


Wednesday, March 6
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre class visit
Professor Gabriela Torres’ Sexual Violence Against Women Anthropology course
Knapton 114 (open class)

4:00 pm
Readings by poet Sarah Gambito and Performance Artist Robbie McCauley
5:00 pm
Reiki blessing and writing exercise conducted by Sarah Gambito
5:45 pm
Ceremonial dinner catered by Habibi’s Restaurant, North Attleboro
May Room, Mary Lyon Hall (open to all; a continuous event)

7:00 -8:00 pm 
Brenda Foley class visit
Professor Jess Foster Norton’s Advanced Playwriting workshop
Meneely 208 (open class)

Thursday, March 7
11:00 am-12:20 pm
Maya Breuer class visit: Changing Consciousness with Yoga and Diasporic Studies
Professor Stephanie Burlington Daniels’ Intermediate Acting Workshop
Kresge Experimental Theatre (open class)

2:00-3:00 pm
Irene “Strong Oak” Lefebvre class visit
Professor Barbara Darling’s Religion and Sexuality course
Meneely 105 (open class)

2:00-3:00 pm
Brenda Foley class visit
Professor Stephanie Burlington Daniels’ Senior Ensemble Experiments course
Kresge Experimental Theatre, Watson Fine Arts

3:30-5:30 pm
Story Circle with Robbie McCauley
Ceremonial Tea
Closing words
May Room, Mary Lyon Hall (open to all; a continuous event)

Please contact Charlotte Meehan for further details on these events.


Past Events

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:00 pm, Cole Memorial Chapel
Reverend Billy & Savitri D: Performing Resistance

Savitri D and Reverend Billy Talen are co-founders of the New York-based radical performance community, “The Church of Stop Shopping.”  The core of the group are singers and musicians, known as “Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir.” They are known as activists-who-sing.  They visit Wheaton after years of activism against the toxicity of Monsanto and Bayer, with concerts in Trump Tower, at EPA hearings, and at the Statue of Liberty.  Because some of the Stop Shoppers are from Peru, South Korea, Ethiopia and Ireland, they are targeted by immigration police, with nine arrests this year.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:00 pm, Cole Memorial Chapel
Abena Koomson-Davis: Songs of Transformation

Performer, Educational Leader, and Wordsmith Abena Koomson-Davis will work with Wheaton students to bring a selection of the most beloved works of African American poetry into song.  Inspired by her participation as Musical Director of the Resistance Revival Chorus, she will lead a culminating performance of voices in Cole Chapel for the whole community. Koomson-Davis performs Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again.”




2018-19 WIIH Executive Fellows

Cheyenne Bates
Kiara Curet
Alexandra Mokiy
Laurie Morency
David Palombo
Kavita Premkumar
Te’nia Reid
Bethanee Ricard
Melanie Romero
Rebecca Spadacenta
Artie Street