june, 2021

12jun10:00 am8:15 pmJustice Workshop

Event Details

What is justice? How does our understanding of justice impact our art? This online workshop for dancers, musicians, painters, filmmakers, crafters, writers, actors—artists of any type—guides participants through deep discussions, investigates views by prominent philosophers and scientists, and provides individual artistic mentorship.


Millicent Johnnie – Filmmaker/Choreographer

Hannah Schwadron – Writer/Performer

Julie Weitz – Video/Performance Artist

Daniel Smith – Composer/Florida State University


Millicent Johnnie is the C.E.O. of Millicent Johnnie Films and the Chief Visionary Producer of 319 productions. A two-time United States Artists nominee in Dance, as a teenager Johnnie hosted a local social justice TV show met by protests from the KKK; she traces her professional determination and commitment to social issues in Black culture to this early opposition. As former Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, her work has been featured in Scary Movie 5, on ESPN, the Prince William Network and Sunshine Network. After choreographing Thoughts of a Colored Man, a Broadway-bound play produced by Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage, she received her MFA in film with a specialization in producing and story development. Her N.E.F.A. National Dance Project, Bamboula: Musicians’ Brew inspired her short film Bamboula is Not Bamboozled and with significant contribution from the The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, she produced, La DiaBlesse Curse; both currently touring the festival circuit. Johnnie released Pulling Back the Curtain, exposing the Ballet world’s fragility and reckoning with the intersection of COVID-19 and systemic oppression in October 2020 while in post-production for Ma Negresse, a feature length sci-fi film featuring Grammy artist, Cedric Watson and FSU School of Dance Chair, Anjali Austin.
Hannah Schwadron is a Tallahassee-based writer-performer working on dance and/as direct action through political parody and improvisatory performance. Her book, The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender, and Jewish Joke-Work in US Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018) ties her closely to core themes in Weitz’s work, and a forthcoming essay on the artist’s My Golem as the Great Dominatrix (2018) will appear in the Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies in November 2021. Hannah teaches critical studies and choreography at Florida State University where she is Associate Professor of Dance.
Julie Weitz is a Los Angeles-based video and performance artist whose interdisciplinary practice also includes writing, teaching, and activism. Through a poetic reinterpretation of Jewish folklore and mysticism, Weitz’s work uses humor and ritual to propose ethically-grounded and intersectional reconsiderations of pressing contemporary issues. Her first solo museum exhibition opens at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA) in June 2021.

Daniel Smith, the Director of AST, is an acclaimed pianist and composer best known for his work with leading dance institutions, including Martha Graham Dance Company and Suzanne Farrell Ballet. He is a faculty member at Florida State University where he teaches cross-disciplinary courses that merge philosophy, science, and the arts.


10:00–11:15 Doing What’s Right

1:00–2:15 Healing Justice, featuring Millicent Johnnie

4:00–5:15 A Vision for Justice, featuring Hannah Schwadron and Julie Weitz

7:00–8:15 Rectifying Injustices and Artistic Sharing

(All times are Eastern Time Zone.)

AST provides online workshops and master classes for artists that integrate philosophy, science, and aesthetics. Each of our events explores a core character attribute, such as happiness, wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, and temperance. We investigate leading philosophical and scientific understandings of these virtues and mentor artists as they wrestle with rich, enduring questions in the pursuits of bettering themselves and expanding their capacity to make impactful art. Our workshops are held online via Zoom, allowing you to see and talk with us, our guests, and other participants from anywhere in the world. If you’re involved in an arts-related field and want to engage with passionate, insightful speakers and guest artists, you’ve come to the right place!

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(Saturday) 10:00 am - 8:15 pm


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