Our Class special events

schoolhouse with playing children, Our Class production art by Jackie Lay

Our Class production

Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

What Could I Do? Questions for today from Our Class (new window)

The Gender+ Justice Initiative and Georgetown University’s Theater and Performance Studies Program present a Georgetown University Gender+ Justice Initiative logo, with three human figures in shades of bluediscussion about the process of staging Our Class, a play that questions one’s own agency in the face of neighbor-on-neighbor violence, in the era of #MeToo and with a focus on Georgetown’s recent implementation of Bringing in the Bystander trainings.



Dr. Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Mariana Nozela Prado (MSFS ‘19)
Conflict Resolution Program

Julia Tvardovskaya (MSFS ’20)
Assistant Choreographer, Our Class

Vanessa Gilbert, Moderator
Community Engagement Manager, Davis Performing Arts Center

FREE (new window)

Friday, November 16 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
When Neighbors Turn on Neighbors: (new window)
Lessons for Today from the Play “Our Class (new window)

A round-table discussion hosted by the Davis Performing Arts Center, the Theater & Performance Studies Program, the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, the Democracy and Governance and Conflict Resolution Programs, and the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)


Panelists will use the play and the events it portrays to address wider issues of violence, prejudice and atrocities, as well as the challenging question of communal and personal responsibility in a world that still suffers from the violence and hatred visited by neighbors on neighbors. At the table:

Prof. Daniel Brumberg, Moderator
Director of Democracy and Governance Studies, Georgetown University

Prof. Derek Goldman
Professor of Theater and Performance Studies;
Co-Founder, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University

Prof. Lise Morjé Howard
Associate Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University

Prof. Allen J. Kuharski
Chair of the Department of Theater, Swarthmore College

Rev. Dennis McManus
Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization
Director of the Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust Education

Reception in the main lobby immediately following the discussion