Dawn Xiana Moon and Michi Trota, speaking about women, art, gatekeeping, and geek culture.
Moon is a lifelong geek who has worked professionally in almost every area of the arts. She the producer and director of Raks Geek, geek bellydance and fire company, which achieved viral internet fame with a video of a Wookiee bellydancing to a Klingon band playing an original song in Shyriiwook. Raks Geek has been written up by CNN, MSN, Timeout Chicago (Critics' Pick), The Daily Mail (UK), and more. As a singer-songwriter, Dawn has performed in 10 states and has released two solo albums; her latest CD, Spaces Between, fuses elements from traditional Chinese music with jazz and alt folk pop. She has served as a section editor for RELEVANT Magazine, performs as a soloist with Read My Hips tribal bellydance, and, as a web designer/developer, works with clients like Anheuser-Busch, Chicago Booth, and Georgia Tech. Trota is an organizer for both the Chicago Full Moon Jams and the Chicago Nerd Social Club; she also performs as a fire-spinner with Raks Geek. Discussions about geek culture, feminism and intersectionality are guaranteed to get her talking for hours - she's organized panels at C2E2, Chicago Comic Con, and the University of Chicago on topics relating to sexism in geek culture.
Wednesday Lunch is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. At noon on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session a delicious vegetarian meal is made in the Swift Hall kitchen by our student chefs and lunch crew. Once the three-course meal has reached dessert each week there is a talk by a faculty member or student from throughout the University, a community member from the greater Chicago area, or a guest from a wider distance.
Recorded in Swift Hall on April 9, 2014.