The Empty Space

Current Performances

Civil Dialogue: Spring 2019

Community Conversations: Civil Dialogue about Important Arizona Issues
Wednesday, March 20
6-8 p.m.
The Empty Space

The Institute for Civil Dialogue in association with the I4-C research collective in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication invites you to participate in a spring dialogue series that focuses on key issues that impact the state of Arizona.  Important topics such as water, energy, immigration, economics, and politics often generate passionate positions and opinions, and even strong disagreement.   Community Conversations events will employ a unique facilitated format, Civil Dialogue®, which will give Arizonans the opportunity to discuss these important “hot topics with cool heads.”

 The events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. 


Fargo Tbakhi's Thesis Performance

My Father, My Martyr, And Me: Postcolonial Instructions for Loving a Palestinian Body
March 29 & 30
7:00 p.m.

After the recent government shutdown, the first bill the newly reformed Senate debated was one which sought to criminalize any criticism of the state of Israel- a bill that explicitly targets Palestinian activists.

In 1968, Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Bishara Sirhan assassinated Robert F. Kennedy, and America suddenly began to consider what a Palestinian was.  

Somewhere in between, the Palestinian body became a site infinitely and perpetually bordered: by history, rhetoric, fences, displacement, and murder. Fargo Tbakhi examines his own body in performance to interrogate archeology, colonization, home, and the ways that Palestinians are always already criminalized.

It takes work to unlearn that criminality. It takes work to critically, generously love us. Come start.