Recent controversies over cross-cultural and non-traditional casting in theater and film have highlighted continuing inequalities and challenges with regards to representation that mirror larger issues in American society. Join Wesley Morris (The New York Times), Ju Yon Kim (Harvard University Department of English), and Brian Herrera (Princeton University Program in Theater) for a conversation based on these themes and inspired by the Houghton Library exhibition Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage.


Brian Eugenio Herrera is Associate Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and his work examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance.

Ju Yon Kim is a Professor of English at Harvard University and her research and teaching interests include Asian American literature, contemporary theater, and cross-racial and intercultural performance.

Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large for The New York Times and was formerly a film critic at The Boston Globe, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Co-sponsored by Houghton Library and the Office for the Arts.

  • Theater, Dance, and Media
  • Visual and Environmental Studies
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies