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IU Northwest invites community to ‘No Child’ performance on Feb. 20

One-woman show reflects themes of The Other Wes Moore, chosen book of campus’s reading initiative

Friday Jan 18, 2013

Indiana University Northwest invites the campus and community to a performance of No Child, a one-woman show and a tour-de-force exploration of one teaching artist’s attempt to engage a class of underachieving students in a tough Bronx high school.

Expected to be of particular interest to educators, No Child, by Nilaja Sun, is open to the public. It is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Black Box Theatre at Arts on Grant, located at 3660 Grant St. in Gary.

Rochester, New York native Reenah L. Golden will take on No Child’s 16 distinct characters, ranging in age from teen to octogenarian, and embracing cultures from Russian to Jamaican.

No Child was named the Best One-Person Show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and playwright Nilaja Sun has gar­nered many awards for this production, including the Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes awards. The play’s content contains strong language and themes.

A panel discussion will im­mediately follow the performance. Topics to be addressed include teacher preparation, student achievement, classroom management, arts in education, local urban education politics, and the achievement gap.

Golden teaches, presents, performs and guest-lectures regularly at schools, organizations, colleges, universities and cultural institutions; locally, nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of Kuumba Consultants, an arts-in-education agency dedicated to matching artists of color with youth agencies and schools seeking quality arts and cultural programming. Slam High, Golden's award-winning youth slam poetry program, has been featured in national and international documentaries including HBO’s Brave New Voices and Why Critical Pedagogy?

The performance complements the themes of the campus’s inaugural reading initiative, One Book … One Campus … One Community, in which the entire campus community is exploring the themes of one book for an entire semester. The chosen book for the Spring 2013 semester is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that describes the life of two young men, both from the same city and similar circumstances, and with the same name, who follow divergent paths toward astonishingly different destinies.

Tickets cost $10. To make a reservation, or for more information, contact Andrée Anderson, Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) school liaison at (219) 980-7761 or

About Indiana University Northwest

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

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