Circus and Changing Realities 2020: Abuse and Assault in Circus - Normalizing the Conversation - CircusTalk

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Circus and Changing Realities 2020: Abuse and Assault in Circus – Normalizing the Conversation

This panel is part of CircusTalk’s Circus and Changing Realities 2020 series. In this episode titled Abuse and Assault in Circus–Normalizing the Conversation we  feature a diverse group of panelists who explore the definition of abuse and assault as well as the circumstances and environments in the circus industry that allow for the propagation of such damaging and often criminal behavior. By looking at the effect and manifestations of abuse and assault in the circus sector, the panelists intend to highlight best practices and policies for individuals and organizations that will improve the outcomes for survivors, and prevent future trespassing of human rights. Moderator ...
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Veronica Blair

Veronica Blair is a professional aerialist with over 15 years of performing and teaching experience. She is currently Aerial Director for Celebrity Cruises Entertainment Expanding her portfolio beyond performing, Veronica launched the development of “The Uncle Junior Project” in 2010. The ongoing documentary shines a light on the careers of African-American circus performers, including Emanual “Uncle Junior” Ruffin who remained largely uncredited for his contributions to American Circus until after his death. In 2017, she was invited to speak at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival about her experience as producer and director of “The Uncle Junior Project”, and served as organizer and moderator on a panel highlighting the African-American circus experience. She’s also worked with the African-American Art and Culture Complex to stage "Entrapment to Entertainment: A Celebration of Blacks in American Circus", a three-month exhibition that ran from October, 2013 – January 2014 with over 1,000 attendees.