Spring 2017


Ainehi Edoro

 

How to Be a Global Artist?

Ainehi Edoro (Marquette University)

Monday, April 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Digital technology has redefined what community means. We have access to new and distant localities. Our actions and our work can have immediate impact in the world. Conventional forms of identity and space such as the nation and city are becoming obsolete. This talk is about how writers and artists can leverage this expanded, globalized community to find audiences that are diverse and dynamic.

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. She holds a doctorate degree from Duke University. She is the founder and editor of the African literary site called Brittle Paper: An African Literary Experience


 

Papaya, the Pill, and Policy: Lessons in Global Health

Divya Mallampati (Northwestern University)

Thursday, March 16, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Over the last decade, Divya Mallampati has spent her time trying to understand how individuals, societies, governments, and institutions shape access to healthcare for women. From rural Liberia to urban India to Geneva, she has explored the various ways in which programs and policies can improve the health of women and empower half our population. In this talk, Divya will discuss her research on the intersection of HIV and reproductive health in India and reflect on the lessons she's learned in global health.

Divya Mallampati is a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. Dr. Mallampati's career in public health started as an undergraduate at Northwestern University studying anthropology and global health and as a cofounder of the international non-profit GlobeMed. After college, she served as a Fulbright Fellow in India researching the intersection of family planning and HIV/AIDS interventions. Dr. Mallampati is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, where she focused on health policy. She has worked as a researcher and consultant in multiple countries around the globe for institutions such as the National AIDS Control Organization of India, The Ghana Health Service, The Population Council, Last Mile Health, and the World Health Organization. Her interest lies in understanding how national and global policies influence health outcomes for women and their families.


Stefanie Graeter

Global Alliances of Science and Faith: Mining Politics and Environmental Justice in Peru

Stefanie Graeter (Northwestern University)

Monday, February 13, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

In 2012, a group of Catholic environmental scientists completed six years of longitudinal research on heavy metal contamination caused by mining in Peru's Mantaro Valley in the Central Andes. This Catholic scientific project formed in relation to national opposition to environmentalism, a powerful mining industry, political corruption and violence, and pervasive suspicion about scientific objectivity. Out of this tense political climate, an alliance between transnational and local Christian organizations, scientific practitioners and institutions, and the region's Archbishop managed to generate the first "objective" scientific study of heavy metal contamination in the region. This lecture analyzes the hard-fought achievements of this alliance, while also reflecting on the ongoing limits of science-based environmental activism within globalized economic systems of resource extraction.

Stefanie Graeter completed her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Davis in 2015. Between 2011–2013 she undertook ethnographic fieldwork in the central Andean and coastal regions of Peru on the politics of mining and contamination. More specifically, her research on lead exposure politics examines the value of science, ecology, and human health within a transnational extractive economy. At Northwestern University, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the program of Science in Human Culture and the department of Anthropology.


Sarah Hammerschlag

Can we Talk...about Religion?
Making Sense of Religious Pluralism when the Category Is Anything but Pluralistic

Sarah Hammerschlag (University of Chicago)

Thursday, February 2, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

In this lecture Sarah Hammerschlag will consider the history of the term Religion, how it has been used and to what ends, how that history impedes our capacity to productively engage in discussions of Religious Pluralism and how to proceed nonetheless.

Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar in the area of Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture. Her research thus far has focused on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2016). She has written essays on Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot which have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Jewish Quarterly Review and Shofar, among other places.

 

Fall 2016


Toby Beauchamp

 

Nationalism and Gender-Nonconformity in International Sport

Toby Beauchamp

Monday, November 28, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Lunch provided

This talk revisits U.S. public discourse on the 1970s East German doping scandals by considering the story of Andreas Krieger, a former East German athlete who was given testosterone-based steroids through a state-sponsored training program and who now identifies as a transgender man. Although he was one of hundreds of athletes who received these drugs, U.S. media has paid special attention to Krieger, consistently framing his gender as the unfortunate product of an overbearing communist state.

Toby Beauchamp is an assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses the critical lens of transgender studies on questions of state power, science, and technology, and on transnational flows of knowledge, bodies, and capital. His current book manuscript, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices, examines state uses of surveillance and security mechanisms to regulate gendered and racialized populations within and across U.S. borders.

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Shailja Sharma

Refugees into Citizens

Shailja Sharma

Thursday, November 3, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Gallery Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Lunch provided

In this talk, in the first pat, Shailja Sharma will discuss about some working definitions of refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers and migrants. In the second part, she will talk about the Syrian refugee exodus and how Syrian refugees have been received and resettled in the US and in Germany. Based on her research in Berlin, she also will talk about the successful ways in which Germany has worked to settle and integrate refugees. Is there anything that the US can learn from their success? What can we do as individuals to help refugees?

Shailja Sharma is an associate professor of international studies and an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She also directs the Refugee and Forced Migration Program at DePaul University. Sharma has published on post-colonialism, globalization, South Asia, migration and citizenship. Her books include New Cosmopolitanisms: South Asians in the United States and the forthcoming In the Hyphen of the Nation-State. She has written for publications including Tehelka, Outlook magazine, Inside Higher Ed and has appeared on WBEZ's Worldview. In her spare time, she records oral history for the organization 1947 Partition Archive, based in Berkeley, California.

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Poetic Politics: Genre as Resistance in Citizen

Thursday, October 18, 2016, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric has defied the limitations of genre to garner praise and awards in poetry, criticism, and nonfiction categories. Fusing varied formats, images, and voices, Citizen explores resistance through both content and form. Presented by the Department of Writing, join SAIC alum Idris Goodwin for a special performance responding to Citizen and an open discussion on the concept of radical form and content and the staging of poetry as political resistance.

Idris Goodwin is an award-winning playwright, poet, and essayist and received his MFA in Writing in 2004 at SAIC. His plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art cowritten with Kevin Coval, And In This Corner: Cassius Clay and Bars and Measures. He is the author of the Pushcart Prize-nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks. His words have appeared on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC radio, and Discovery Channel. He has received support from the NEA, Ford Foundation, and awarded Oregon Shakespeare's American History Cycle Commission and InterAct Theater's 20/20 Prize. Goodwin is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Theatre and Dance at Colorado College.


How does art help us think about the everyday work of citizenship and participation in democratic life?

A conversation about visual/textual juxtapositions in Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
37 S. Wabash Ave., Student Leadership Suite, room 205

Presented by Art Education faculty Karyn Sandlos and William Estrada

RSVP required. Email saicdiversity@saic.edu.


Global Encounters Lunch: Claudia Flores
"Women's Global Leadership"

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room
33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Lunch is provided.

Global Encounters Lunch is a lecture series aimed at shedding light on ideas that transcend place and broadening and deepening our understanding of the world. Each lecture explores a specific topic from a global framework, highlighting specificity while acknowledging current trends. Come to eat, listen, and expand your world.

In 2016, Theresa May was appointed as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, eighteen women were elected to Iran’s parliament, Angela Merkel of Germany appeared on the top news headlines, and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff was tried for impeachment. In this talk, we will listen to Claudia Flores, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, about the effects of women’s leadership on the world and the conditions which make women’s leadership possible. You can bring your questions about the United Nations and women’s rights, the Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database, and the impact of women in political leadership to discuss in this lunch-talk.

Claudia Flores is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC). IHRC works to promote and protect the human rights of individuals and communities globally. Previously, she served as a constitutional and legal advisor for the United Nations in East Timor and Zimbabwe. She also managed a program of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity to combat human trafficking in Indonesia. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar and received her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

This program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Department of Liberal Arts, and presented in cooperation with the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice.


Faculty Enrichment Lunches: Inclusion in the Classroom

Creating an inclusive classroom environment can present challenges for all faculty, but we can gain skills and confidence through discussion and support from each other. Please join Christina Gómez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Liberal Arts, in a lunch program to discuss inclusion in the classroom. Conversations will vary based on your interests and needs. Dates for fall 2016 are:

All lunches are in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 205. Sign up to attend here.


Diversity Dialogues

Questions about diversity and inclusion efforts at SAIC? At this lunch series for students, join staff members from SAIC's Diversity and Inclusion team to have lunch and discuss curriculum, climate, and connectivity at the School. Conversations will vary based on your interests and needs. Dates for fall 2016 are:

All lunches are in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 205. Sign up to attend here.


Staff Inclusion Lunches

Staff members at SAIC interact with diversity and practice inclusion in a variety of ways every day. Join SAIC's Diversity and Inclusion team for lunch to meet other staff members from across the School and to consider how we can collectively make SAIC a more equitable environment for all. Conversations will vary based on your interests and needs. Dates for fall 2016 are:

All lunches are in the Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, room 205. Sign up to attend here.


Chicago Freedom School Training:
"Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression"

SAIC has partnered with the Chicago Freedom School to offer diversity training throughout the semester. In "Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression," participants will reflect on their own identity and how their identities intersect with systems of power and oppression. The following fall 2016 training sessions will be held at the MacLean Center, 112 South Michigan Avenue:

RSVP is required. Sign up to attend here.


Citizenship and Microaggressions

September 14, 2016, 4:15–5:45 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

The Diversity Advisory Group has partnered with the Office of the President and the Visiting Artists Program to present Claudia Rankine: President’s Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer. Rankine’s bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric, uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society.

In fall 2016, in addition to Rankine's visit, students, faculty, and staff at SAIC will participate in an online diversity training, DiversityEdu. Join SAIC’s Diversity and Inclusion team for a discussion on the concept of microaggressions as they occur in Citizen and in everyday life. This program will explore connections between the diversity training and Rankine’s Citizen to better understand our own roles as agents of change in SAIC’s diverse community.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact saicdiversity@saic.edu for assistance.


Global Encounters Lunch: Mariam Sobh
"I'm a Muslim in America"

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room
33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Lunch is provided.

Global Encounters Lunch is a lecture series aimed at shedding light on ideas that transcend place and broadening and deepening our understanding of the world. Each lecture explores a specific topic from a global framework, highlighting specificity while acknowledging current trends. Come to eat, listen, and expand your world.

For the kick-off of the lecture series, Mariam Sobh will join us to talk about her career and experiences in journalism. While many of us have listened to her voice, we have not heard her own story, from student to reporter and activist in the Muslim-American community. In this talk, we will discuss the experience of being Muslim in America, global understandings of the religion, its diversity of practices, and the politics regarding practice around the globe.

Mariam Sobh is the first hijabi anchor/reporter to work on air in commercial radio in the United States. She is also a performing artist and is best known as a pioneer in the hijab fashion industry. She launched Hijabtrendz in 2007 as one of the first fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs for women around the world. Since then she has continued to innovate and work on new projects that help propel Muslim women to the forefront. Mariam received her B.A. and M.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This program is co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Department of Liberal Arts, and presented in cooperation with the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice.
 

Chicago Freedom School
Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression

March 7, 8, or 9, 2016, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Student Leadership Suite

March 10, 2016, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 608

SAIC and the Chicago Freedom School have partnered to offer diversity training during graduate critique week. CFS’s mission is to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. In "Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression," participants will explore different aspects of identity and the relationship between identity and oppression and will reflect on their own identity and develop anti-oppression practices that will help them be allies to oppressed people. These sessions are open to all, but space is limited.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate should contact saicdiversity@saic.edu for assistance.


Diversity Advisory Group Here + Now Lecture:
Tim Jackson and Eric J. Garcia

In conversation with faculty member Anne Elizabeth Moore, VCS

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Tim Jackson

In this series, we bring practitioners and a discussant together for a live, critical conversation on work in which issues of identity, difference, and culture are present in some form. We hope to provide examples of accomplished practitioners discussing their practice with a faculty member in an open, thorough, and provocative manner for the entire SAIC community.

Tim Jackson is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and illustrator and author of the forthcoming book, Pioneering Cartoonists of Color. Eric J. Garcia has been producing his one-panel political cartoon known as El Machete Illustrated for over a decade. Both artists will present their work and, together in conversation with Visual and Critical Studies faculty member Anne Elizabeth Moore, explore identity through the lens of critical commentary cartoons.

This event is presented by the Diversity Advisory Group with support from Multicultural Affairs, the Dean's Office, Visual and Critical Studies, and the Writing Department.

Eric Garcia

Tim Jackson is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and illustrator and author of the forthcoming book, Pioneering Cartoonists of Color. His social commentary cartoons have appeared on the editorial pages of the Capital Outlook, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Herald, Dayton Defender, Northern Kentucky Herald newspapers and the magazine, Urban Life Northwest. Four-time winner of NNPA Wilbert Holloway Award for Editorial Cartoons, Tim is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-C), the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), and the Midwest Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society (NCS) Born in Dayton, Ohio, Tim began his art education with a Commercial Art program at Sinclair College, relocated to Chicago to attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying Film, Animation and Art Education. While still in college, founded the company, Creative License Studio, where he provided cartoons, humorous illustrations and art support to a variety of community organizations, small businesses and corporations like the American Red Cross, Chicago Department of Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Chicago Public Schools.

Eric J. Garcia began creating satirical drawings while serving in the U.S. Air Force. At first he created these cartoons to make fun of his buddies and to relieve the monotony on post, but soon he began to venture out into more serious subject matter like critiquing the military itself. After his enlistment, Garcia started his one-panel political cartoon known as El Machete Illustrated. For over a decade now, Garcia's Machete has been dicing up critical commentary against local hypocrisy and global injustice. Completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Garcia has won numerous awards to include, 1st Place College Cartoonist Award for both the New Mexico and Illinois College Associated Press competition. Published nationally and internationally, El Machete Illustrated can be seen in various publications and online news networks such as In These Times, SAIC's FNews Magazine, and Pocho.com. With the help of his usual cast of iconic characters, Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty and the infamous Fat Cat, his cartoons are sharp critiques of our society's complex past and our society's confusing present.


Screening and discussion:
John Brown's Body at San Quentin Prison

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

John Brown's Body at San Quentin Prison documents nine men incarcerated at San Quentin Prison as they participate in a transformative acting program. Performing Stephen Vincent Benet's "John Brown's Body," the inmates explore issues of the Civil War-era play as they relate to their own struggles with race, class, and social justice. Joe De Francesco, the director of the film, and Larry Miller, one of its subjects will be present for the discussion.


2015 Diversity Advisory Group Symposium:
Reframing Visibility

The Diversity Advisory Group Symposium will bring students, faculty, and staff together in conversation around issues of identity and representation in the contemporary art world at large and in our own community at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Artists and scholars are called to question the human condition, responding to the events, people, images, and ideas that shape our daily experience. As such, issues of who and what are seen are prevalent in the art world. SAIC, one of the world's leading schools of art and design, seeks to explore the ways in which culture has produced ideas and images of representation and identity and to discuss how artists and scholars can use their platform to change what have sometimes become hegemonic constructions. In a rapidly changing world, it is imperative that we pause to reflect, research, and, ultimately, reframe visibility.

The goals of the symposium are to create conversation with students, faculty, and staff unfamiliar with diversity and inclusion issues, to further conversations for those who are deeply involved with the current dialogue on campus, and to act as a form of training and resource development.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Keynote Address
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
Free and open to the public

"No human culture is inaccessible to someone who makes the effort to understand, to learn, to inhabit another world."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Throughout his career, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.' s scholarship and commentary has sought to bridge the gap between cultural production and underrepresented voices through education. Professor Gates's involvement as an editor and contributor to The Image of the Black in Western Art series highlights his broad understanding of the power of visibility of people of color and the advances in presenting underexplored narratives to an expansive audience. In his series African American Lives and Finding Your Roots, he encourages people of all backgrounds to explore collective history as a nation. In opening our eyes to previously unseen histories, Professor Gates reminds us to continually expand our framework for viewing.

Reframing Visibility Celebration
6:00–9:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction."—Audre Lorde

After the keynote address of Dr. Gates, faculty, staff, and students of SAIC are invited to the MacLean Ballroom for an evening celebrating the diversity of our community with a special mix by DJ Sadie Woods, a partnership with Flaxman Library, and interactive installations.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 1:00–4:00 p.m.

"The opposite of love is not hate but indifference."—Elie Wiesel

For members of the SAIC community who are seeking an entryway to conversations around diversity and inclusion, the Chicago Freedom School will facilitate training sessions to introduce ideas, vocabulary, and methods of recognizing and supporting difference.

"Founded in 2007, the mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. Explore different aspects of identity and the relationship between identity and oppression. Participants will reflect on their own identity and develop anti-oppression practices that will help them be allies to oppressed people."

Both sessions of this training have reached capacity! You may register, but please be aware that you will be placed on a wait list. Register here.

Diversity Advisory Group Session
9:00–10:30 a.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"What matters is not to know the world but to change it."—Franz Fanon

Since 2009, members of the SAIC community have been actively engaged in building diversity on our campus. In 2014–15, those efforts culminated in the creation of a set of committees with strategic tasks for expanding opportunity on our campus. In this workshop, come hear about the history and current status of these efforts.

Politics of Visibility
10:30–12:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves."—Junot Diaz

The history of art is fraught with concerns about who is visible as artist, subject, or audience. Who is art made by, for, and about? Through their work as artists, curators, and programmers, the panelists address the visibility of historically underrepresented groups through a reexamination of cultural norms.

Moderator:
Delinda Collier, Associate Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Panelists:
Kamilah Rashied, Assistant Director of Community Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago
Oli Rodriguez, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Photography
Victoria Sancho Lobis, ‎Prince Trust Associate Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago
Roberto Sifuentes, Associate Professor, Performance

Complicating Ways of Knowing
1:00–2:30 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views on how I should have done it."—Toni Morrison

How do we know what we know? How do we come to understand what we know in our practices as makers and thinkers and as people? The ways that artists investigate and engage with the world present unique, intimate modes of understanding. This creative framework is rich with the potential for expanding the ways we come to understand our own identities and the identities of others.

In this presentation, students of the Arts Administration and Policy program present a dialogue of students discussing their work in relation to the construction of identity and complicating traditional models of what constitutes research or ways of knowing.

Moderator:
Kate Dumbleton, Assistant Professor, Arts Administration and Policy

Panelists:
Eva Maria Lourdes Martinez, MFA student
Luis Enrique Mejico, BFA student
Amie LH Soudien, MA in New Arts Journalism student

Critical Pedagogy
2:30–4:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created."—bell hooks

The most inclusive curricular and pedagogical frameworks are often the most rewarding lens through which to foster a sense of critical thinking and creativity in the classroom. The demands of multiculturalism, social justice, and anti-oppression can be contextualized within the connected discourses of the fine arts, arts education, and art history, yet they are often positioned as contradictory or difficult to implement simultaneously. Panelists will discuss the challenges and successes of fostering a radical shift in paradigms of power, privilege and oppression in the art-based classroom and will also question the way in which students are educated about diversity in the art world.

Moderator:
Rashayla Marie Brown, Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion

Panelists:
David Getsy, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Christina Gomez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Liberal Arts
Andres Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Art Education
Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois Chicago

Here + Now Lecture: Mariam Ghani in conversation with Mary Patten
4:15–5:15 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

"Art is a safe space to start difficult conversations."—Mariam Ghani

Brooklyn-based artist Mariam Ghani’s artistic practice explores the intersections of place, memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction. Ghani works both with activist groups and as an activist herself to bring attention to social justice issues through films, writing, and participatory public projects. In conversation with SAIC professor Mary Patten, Ghani will discuss different scenarios of engagement for artists working with movements, using examples drawn from recent and ongoing projects.

 

Reframing Visibility was organized by Rashayla Marie Brown, Christina Gomez, and Kelly Humrichouser with support from numerous students, faculty, and staff on behalf of the Diversity Advisory Group.

Questions? Contact saicdiversity@saic.edu.