Triangle Wagner Society: Nicholas Vazsonyi, Ph.D

The Forest at Duke 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC, United States

In a recent talk to the Triangle Society, Paula and Ed Bortnichak presented a defense of the controversial “post-structuralist” 2013 Bayreuth Ring production by Frank Castorf, which featured meandering crocodiles, oil rigs in central Asia, and Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Their defense had two parts. One was that Wagner was also inherently a post-structuralist, a 20th-century movement that celebrates the breakdown of truth and meaning, and the abandonment of coherence. They then proceeded to undermine their own argument by explaining what the staging meant and how it related coherently to Wagner. During his talk, Nicholas will show that Wagner was the very opposite of a post-structuralist. Wagner certainly understood the “death of God” which set us on the path to post-structuralism and the accompanying self-immolation of the West we witness today. His artistic project is an exploration of that world, our world, in all its seductive beauty and resulting devastation.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, United States

We're excited to present Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, to the Charlotte community on July 11, 2024, at Knight Theater. Hannah-Jones will discuss the 1619 Project's implications, impact, and impetus for Black futures, all timely topics given the current political climate and upcoming 2024 elections.

The 1619 Project illuminates the legacy of slavery and highlights contributions of Black Americans to every aspect of American society. It's also an Emmy® Award-nominated six-part Hulu docuseries.