Dr. J. Lorenzo Perillo’s critical pedagogy generates curious and active learners, connects the global within local environments, and cultivates a culture of belonging and innovation in the face of power differences in the performing arts. His experience as an interdisciplinary artist-scholar informs how he approaches performance not simply as creative expression, but also as social commentary, rhetorical strategy, and cultural survival for communities impacted by interlocking systems of oppression. In his curricular initiatives and advising, he invites his students to divest from colonial hierarchies of knowledge production and to embody, challenge, and remake abstract theories of social, economic, and historical forces.

This is an asynchronous online undergraduate survey of global perspectives on dance.  At the heart of this course is how dance embodies and is in dialogue with concepts of culture, myth, performance, and social bodies.  Modules featuring  media and text align with reading to provide a basic understanding of contemporary issues around movement practices and the global migration of dance genres.

This is a graduate seminar on dance and performance theory centered on Asia and Asian diasporas. The course is structured around two parts: 1) a mutually agreed upon survey of the most relevant Asian dance and performance sources 2) an introduction to the complex world of academic publishing and is designed to give writers in a variety of disciplines including Asian Dance and Performance Studies practical experience in getting a work related to Asian dance and performance published in peer-reviewed journals

This is an undergraduate course that explores Hip-hop dance with a special attention to comparing and contrasting Native Hawaiian and Asian and/or Pacific Islander indigenous identity, cultures, and histories.

This course focuses on research methods that prepare graduate students for thesis research and scholarly publication. The curriculum is designed to identify and define historical, ethnographic, choreographic, and other approaches to academic research and writing, and develop awareness of differing modes of inquiry, metrics for impact, and contemporary trends within the field.

This course presents the basic anatomy and kinesiology of the key body joints of the spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. The fundamental bony structure, muscles, and ligaments of these joints are discussed as they relate to movement capacity, mechanics, and injury risk. This basic knowledge of these joints is combined with movement analysis to help you better understand alignment and selected dance vocabulary. The class facilitates practical information for dance students on anatomy and kinesiology for a common language, training, and injury prevention.

This graduate seminar surveys major theories and practices at the intersection of dance, critical race theory, indigeneity, and social change. Throughout the course students engage in interdisciplinary, intersectional activities centering the dancing body and its role in contemporary social justice and transformation.

This intermediate-level course explores Hip-hop dance with a special attention to indigeneity, anti-indigeneity, race, and racism. This course provides students with several perspectives of theoretical approaches and disciplines and the first half of the course is organized around significant fields of Hip-hop knowledge and structured in weekly lessons including but not limited to dance, preservation, critical race studies, women of color feminism, queer studies, and competition.

This faculty-supervised independent study explores through reading and research the contemporary field of Philippine and Filipino Studies in broader Southeast Asian and Asian Studies contexts. Attending to the various ways in which current research both in the country and in the diaspora imagine the Philippines, this course will examine the recent state of the field informed and influenced by the issues relating to globalization, migration, and empire.

This course is a mixed-level cross-disciplinary examination of issues related to gender and sexuality among Asian Americans, with critical attention paid to diverse experiences across various social, economic, and political contexts, including a special attention to art, activism, digital media, and environmental justice.

This core undergraduate general education course explores the historical and contemporary experiences of Filipinos in the U.S. and beyond, focusing mainly on race, ethnicity, gender, class, culture, and globalization. Using a cultural studies approach we will discuss how Filipino American experiences are informed by a unique set of historical circumstances, dynamics, and frameworks: Western colonialism, nationalism, immigration, neoliberalism, cultural production, labor movements, political mobilization, and identity-making.

This introductory course surveys the particular topic — Hip-Hop — with a special attention to dance and practitioners of Asian descent. This course introduces critical thinking, critical viewing, and research writing as ways of knowing Hip-Hop dance through written texts, recorded music and dance performances of various settings in Asia and the Diaspora.

This course provides students with a survey of major concepts, methods, and debates in the study of Asian American studies. Asian America will be considered broadly in social, political, historical, technological, and theoretical terms. This is a core course of the Global Asian Studies program and introduces critical thinking, critical viewing, and analytical writing as “ways of knowing” Asian America.

Teaching Awards

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  • Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Award (2018-19)

    The TRP is UIC’s only campus-wide, faculty-administered teaching award program. It recognizes the teaching excellence of faculty at any of UIC’s teaching sites by The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois, Chicago.

  • Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence (HOPE) Award, Campus Housing, University of Illinois, Chicago (2016-17)

    This award, presented by Campus Housing, is given based off of student nominations “to recognize faculty who have made a lasting impact on the lives of Housing residents.”