The Schlundt Lecture was endowed by Christena Lindborg Schlundt, a founding faculty member of UCR and of the Department of Dance. The fund is to support annual lectures on new research in Critical Dance Studies and Dance Making.


Dr. Christena Schlundt was one of the founders of the UCR campus and a founder of what is today the UCR Department of Dance. She helped inaugurate the Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory – since renamed the Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies – which was the first degree program of its kind in the U.S. In addition to being a founder, Dr. Schlundt was also a donor to the Department and she established the Schlundt Endowed Fund for the Support of Periodic Lectures on Research in Dance History and Theory. Dr. Schlundt’s goal in establishing this lecture series, the first of which was given in 2003, was to widen and deepen the intellectual discourse of students in the Department of Dance and on the UCR campus.


Ojeya Cruz Banks
“Dancing Black Atlantic Blue Pacific: Weaving the Indigenous and Diaspora”
April 7, 2023

Ananya Chatterjea
“Choreographies of Justice: Questions Across a Range of Platforms”
January 31, 2023

Yashoda Thakore
“Performing Her-Stories of the Kalavantalu”
February 28, 2022

Nrithya Pillai
“Re-casteing Narratives of Bharatanatyam: History, Appropriation, and the Politics of Invisibilization”
February 28, 2022

Brenda Dixon Gottschild
“Sankofa/Ouroboros/Phoenix – Reckoning with Race”
May 27, 2021

Heather Castillo and MiRi Park
“Towards a Mindful Preparedness: How Teaching Dance Online in a Crisis Prepares Us for Future Possibilities of Digital Dance Pedagogies in Higher Education”
May 29, 2020


Mary Fogarty Woehrel
“The State of Hip Hop Dance Scholarship” given as part of the Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference
December 7, 2018

Thomas DeFrantz
“White Privilege” given as part of NOT Festival
February 28, 2018

Yvonne Daniel
“Social Dancing in the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America” given as part of the opening reception for UCR’s Festival of Social Dance.
October 21, 2016

Cleis Abeni (aka Tree Turtle, nee Jonathan David Jackson)
“Excavating the Social in Black Vernacular & Hip Hop Era Dancing,” given as the opening talk and reception for the Show & Prove 2016 Hip Hop Studies Conference.
April 8, 2016

Constance Valis Hill
“Body and Soul: Musings on Jazz, Dancing, and Female Corporeality,” and Master Class “Dancing Motown”
March 12, 2015

Susan Leigh Foster
Christena L. Schlundt Lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the Critical Dance Studies Department
November 14, 2013
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Wendy Heller
“Satyrs, Nymphs, and Dancing Toys: Gender Politics in 17th-century Theatrical Dance”
April 11, 2013

Margarita Tortajada Quiroz
“Branches and Roots: Two Generations of Female Mexican Choreographers Building Their Identity”
October 11, 2010

Brenda Dixon Gottschild
“Researching Performance – the (Black) Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture”
October 7, 2009

Thomas Guzman-Sanchez
“Urban Street Dance Anthropology”
April 30, 2008

Marta Elena Savigliano
“World Dance and Dancing Out There in the World”
February 26, 2007

Anita Gonzalez
“Reading the Stones and Centering the World: Contexts for Maya Ritual Performance”
May 5, 2004

Rachel Fensham
“Genealogy of an Indigenous Dance Formation,” Inaugural Christena Schlundt Lecture