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Friday, March 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Teaching as a Performance Art

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For the past 30 years, Gregorio Luke has lectured all over the world, from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress to México’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. In this presentation especially created for CABE, Gregorio Luke will share the public speaking techniques he has developed over the years. “I believe every teacher should have at his/her disposal the resources of an actor, the visuals of a curator and the story telling resources of a filmmaker.”

“When I was growing up in the seventies in Mexico,- says Gregorio Luke- we had many prominent intellectuals from Latin America who were exiled by military dictatorships. These teachers were very theatrical, often incorporating, anecdotes and even poetry into their classes. From them I learned the forgotten art of rhetoric. Later on I studied film and learned to tell stories with images. By combining these elements, I seek to transform teaching into a performance art that combines the impact of film, the emotion of theatre and the exhilaration of learning.

With the ever-present smart-phones and social media, it has become more difficult to capture and retain the attention of students in classrooms. If we are to recuperate the joy of learning, we must explore new ways of recapturing the interest of our students. I love CABE and fully support its mission; this is why I want to share what I have learned in a lifetime with its members. It is possible to replicate what I do in any classroom. The way to do it is by unleashing the power of the spoken word.

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Gregorio Luke

ARCOS (Art in Communities and Schools)
Gregorio Luke is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art, Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. Mr. Luke has spoken at institutions such as The Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution... Read More →

Friday March 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Long Beach Convention Center - 101B