• Monday, September 18

    6:30 PM

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide with Arlie Russell Hochschild and Benjamin Russell

After her groundbreaking study of emotion and politics in the book Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild reflects on the various ways in which drama draws its audience over an “empathy wall” and into the “deep story” of the other. How do people within “in-groups” talk about people in “out-groups?” How can the theater community find stories that illuminate the emotional magic required to invite former enemies (the US and Germany, or blacks and whites in South Africa) into cooperative partnerships? Hochschild is joined in conversation by professional actor and researcher Benjamin Russell.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, professor emerita of sociology at UC Berkeley, is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. In addition to Strangers in Their Own Land, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, her books include The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley.

A New York AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor, Benjamin Russell has recently appeared in Sweet Bird of Youth with the Gallery Players, Sense and Sensibility with Bedlam, The Awful Truth and The Fifth Woman at the Metropolitan Playhouse, The Groundling at the Axis Theater, and Liz Swados’s production of Guns! He trained at Jayd McCarty’s Studio, New York, and at the British American Drama Academy in London.