Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow
Singer, composer, musician, producer, and curator Toshi Reagon has been appointed Bowdoin College’s next Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow and will lead a yearlong inquiry into racial justice, climate justice, gender justice, and faith during the 2022–2023 academic year.
A versatile musician and songwriter described as having a profound ear for sonic Americana, Reagon will bring to Bowdoin her Parable Path framework, based on Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, a dystopian speculative Afro-futuristic fiction piece. The text, which provides commentary on climate change and social inequality, is the foundation from which Reagon will engage participants.
Through a decades-long career, and most recently through national and international Parable Path collaborations, Reagon has brought people together to name precarities, expand networks, and craft solutions to create a framework for community organizing through artistic engagement. Her McKeen fellowship will focus on student engagement and community-led activities surrounding the belief systems and interrelated social issues that impact healthy living in Maine and the world. Please visit the Bowdoin News website for the full announcement of Toshi Reagon's appointment as the Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow for the 2022–2023 academic year.
Toshi Reagon has been an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Creative Futures Artist-in-Residence with the Carolina Performing Arts organization; other recent projects include her involvement in the Met Civic Practice Partnership; and Parable Path artist residencies at the University of Michigan, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, Strathmore College, and Emerson College, from which she received an honorary doctorate in 2022. Additionally, in 2021 Reagon received the Religion an Arts Award from the American Academy of Religion, The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and the APAP Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts. Please visit Toshi Reagon’s website for her full bio and more information about her expansive career.