West Virginia University at Parkersburg to host diversity presentation

PARKERSBURG — An author and activist will present a show on diversity and inclusion at noon Tuesday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in the College Theatre.

Michael Fosberg’s one-hour theatrical presentation “Incognito” is a narrative in which Fosberg plays 12 characters to tell the story of finding his biological father and discovering he is biracial. The program creates an open dialogue on race, identity, inclusion and diversity.

A question and answer session will follow.

With a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Minnesota, Fosberg founded the Small Change Original Theatre in Minneapolis, served as director of education for the Living Library in Los Angeles and co-founded Chicago’s Huron Theatre Ensemble. He also appeared on national media, including CNN, NPR and Public Radio International, for his expertise on race and identity issues.

His memoir “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery” was published in 2011 and is based on his play. Fosberg is working on a screenplay of “Incognito” and a second book, “Nobody Wants to Talk About It…Why we struggle with conversation about race and what can be done to lessen the tension.”

The second book is about his efforts in the diversity and inclusion field over the past 10 years.

He has worked with Boeing, the Mayo Clinic, NASA, the Social Security Administration and United Way to reshape the way they talk about the current race and identity issues.

For more information, contact Debbie Richards at drichards@wvup.edu or 304-424-8201.