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IU Northwest to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with one-man play ‘Incognito’ on Jan. 22

Writer and actor Michael Fosberg to perform his story of finding his biological father, discovering he is African-American

Thursday Dec 12, 2013


Indiana University Northwest will celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a presentation of “Incognito” by Michael Sidney Fosberg, scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. The production is open to the campus and community at no-charge.

Raised in a working-class Caucasian family in a Chicago suburb, Fosberg discovered at the age of 34 that his biological father is African-American.

“Incognito” is Fosberg’s journey to uncover and discover himself, his roots, his family, and the difficult history behind the American complexity of "race".

“Not only did I develop a new, more comfortable relationship with my sense of identity, but I also uncovered a rich, black heritage,” Fosberg said, according to his website. “This life-changing revelation, the connections I made with my "new" paternal family, and the questions that my new-found identity raised in relationship to how we perceive race in America, inspired me to create my one-man play, ‘Incognito’ in 2001.”

Since 2001, Fosberg has performed “Incognito” throughout the country, inviting audiences to question and discuss their thoughts on race and identity. “Incognito” has been performed at art venues, educational institutions, corporations and government agencies, including Northwestern University, Penn State, the Sundance Institute, NASA, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Social Security Administration, and the Black Academy of Arts & Letters.

To learn more about Fosberg and the production, please visit www.incognitotheplay.com.

The event is sponsored by the IU Northwest Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, please contact Tierra Jackson at (219) 980-6596 or jacksoti@iun.edu.

The Savannah Center is located at 33rd Ave. and Broadway in Gary. For information about parking at IU Northwest, including a new practice for issuing temporary visitors’ permits, please visit http://www.iun.edu/parking/.

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 MD program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.

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