USC Announces 5th Season of Visions and Voices

August 11, 2010

The university-wide arts and humanities initiative will feature events including Ira Glass, Anna Deavere Smith, The DNA Trail production, and Food, Inc.’s Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.

LOS ANGELES–The University of Southern California (USC) kicks off its 5th season of Visions and Voices, USC’s unique university-wide arts initiative, beginning Thursday, Aug.19, with SPARK!, a multimedia showcase featuring music, dance, performance art and spoken word. The event takes place in Bovard Auditorium on University Park Campus.

The dynamic SPARK! program will mesmerize audiences with electrifying performances by Luminario Ballet, a cappella group Sonos and electric violinist Peter Lee Johnson, among many other talented performers.

This year’s exciting Visions and Voices lineup of events includes an evening with America’s favorite radio host Ira Glass, a presentation by playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith, an evening of identity-defying theatre with Chicago’s Silk Road Theatre Project, a conversation on food and sustainability with best-selling authors Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, James Conlon conducting the USC Thornton Symphony and a film festival celebrating Middle Eastern cinema.

For information on all upcoming Visions and Voices events, please visit

While tickets and advance reservations are sometimes required, most Visions and Voices performances are free and open to the public with the exception of “Experience LA” events, which are for USC students exclusively.

About Visions and Voices
Launched in 2006, Visions and Voices is a large-scale initiative at the University of Southern California that offers all USC students, regardless of discipline, free access to unique, inspiring and provocative arts and humanities events throughout the academic year. The stimulating events by acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers have included theatrical productions, music and dance performances, film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures and discussions. Visions and Voices provides a unique experience for USC students and contributes to making USC a vibrant, global university.

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