Fall 2017 

A Conversation with Kellie Jones and Romi Crawford

Thursday September 7, 2017 6:00–7:30 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols Trustees Suite,
159 E. Monroe St.

RSVP here.

Kellie Jones, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia University and 2016 MacArthur Fellow, speaks about her recent book, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, and current projects in conversation with Romi Crawford, Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts, SAIC.

A book signing by Jones will follow the dialogue.

Presented by the student editorial board of emerge, a publication of SAIC’s Arts Administration and Policy Department, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, with additional support from SAIC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Visual and Critical Studies.  


Through the Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film Screening

Film Screening presented by the Graham Foundation 

Wednesday, September 20th 6-9 pm | 4 W Burton Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60610  

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present a screening of Through the Repellent Fence. This Graham funded film follows art collective Postcommodity as they construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddled the US-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who put land art in a tribal context. In 2015, the artists worked with communities on both sides of the border to install a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The artwork crossed the border a mile in each direction and symbolized a suture stitching back together cultures that have inhabited the land long before borders were drawn.

RSVP here | View Trailer here

Global Clutter: Queer Immigrants, Messy Homes and Social (Dis)orders

Martin Manalansan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, September 28, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Lunch provided

This presentation revolves around the intersections between queer migrant lives and normative scripts of daily life. Culling from the foundational works of queer theorists, ethnograhphic observations of queer immigrant households, and a critical reading of self-help books such as those by Marie Kondo, this presentation is theorization of queer as mess and an examination of how the search for happiness through order, cleanliness, and de-cluttering is based on neoliberal and heteronormative ethical presecriptions of habitation and home.  

Manalansan is a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first book, Global Divas: Filipino gay Men in the Diaspora (Dike University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press 2006) examines the exigencies of Filipino immigrant "gay" men who contend with the travails of migration, racism, disease, and identity. His forthcoming book, Queer Dwellings, examines the affective landscapes, material conditions, ethical dilemmas, and embodied experiences of undocumented queer immigrants living under precarious conditions. 


Survival Strategies-Queer Artists of Color Deconstructing Racism and Heterosexism 

Friday, October 6, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
33 S. State Street, 7th Floor Sullivan Galleries

Queer of Color perspectives still remain largely absent and underrepresented in academic discourse as well as the contemporary art scene in Germany. The tendency in dominant German discourse to equate anti-racism with alleged colorblindness and to define racism not as a powerstructure but rather as a problem with farright or neonazi extremists, causes difficulties for (queer) Black/People of Color selfrepresentation. Shifting the focus by centering the knowledge that is produced by queer artists of color, this talk asks how these artistsdeconstruct the racism and heterosexism at work in art, visual culture and academia and create a counter-discourse. What kind of potentialities for Queer of Color survival and resistance can be found in the practice and thought of artists such Hasan Aksayg?n, Sunanda Mesquita or Raju Rage?

Rena Onat works as a lecturer and research assistant at the Media Studies department of the University of the Arts Braunschweig. Her research interests include queer theory, visual culture, and critical race theory and she is working on her PhD thesis entitled Strategies of Resistance, Survival, and Empowerment in the Artwork of Queer Artists of Color in the German context. From 2013–2016, she was a member of the graduate school Helene-Lange-Kolleg Queer Studies and Intermediality: Art – Music – Mediaculture at the Department of Art and Visual Culture at the University of Oldenburg. She has also worked as a freelance art educator.

Ayotzinapa and the Enforced Disappearance of the 43 Student Teachers 

Laura Ramírez, co-founder of Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago
Monday, November 27, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Lunch provided

This talk will explore the events that have transpired in Mexico since September 26, 2014. It will include a timeline of the actions that have been taken to demand the Mexican government respond for the brutal attack on 80 student teachers from the rural teacher's college Normal Rural Raul Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa. The people of Mexico are charging the state as responsible for the disappearance but also connecting the repression of the state to the implementation of the Education Reform Law of 2013 as well as neoliberal policies that seek to privatize public education. Additionally, the actions of the state have sparked a national student movement that has been called the greatest social mobilizations of students since the 1960s. 

Laura J. Ramírez is a mother of two Chicago Public Schools students and holds a doctorate in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also the cofounder of Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago. For more than 12 years, she has been actively involved in the fight to preserve public education in Chicago, including the 43 day sit-in for a library and fieldhouse in 2011. She has also organized transnationally to demand accountability from the Mexican government in the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. A Spanish tracher by training, she has taught in Chicago-area public schools. As a youth worker, she has shared her knowledge with young people of color and parents to become advocates for their human and education rights. Additionally, she helped to pass the Chicago city council's ordinance ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2009. Her work is grounded on the belief that in our society it is the duty of all people to hold their government accountable by standing up against injustices and advocating for solutions to problems that plague their community. She believes that education is a neccesarry tool for people to develop their full capacity and ability to think, as well as love, more fully. She knows firsthand the incredible power of transformation held in the development of a critical consciousness. 

Bystander Intervention 101 Training | Radical Care Programming

People's Response Team Chicago
Monday, September 18, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

We will focus on ways to intervene in public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. 

Facilitated by the People's Response Team. Co-hosted with Diversity Advisory Group 

Walk by the Lake: Provost Craig Barton | Radical Care Programming 

Thursday, October 5, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
Meet in front of the MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave. 

Craig Barton serves as SAIC's Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs in addition to an appointment as Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architechture, and Designed Objects. In these roles, Barton advances the School's educational mission of interdisciplinary exploration and studies. Barton is a trained architect and designer who through his practice, investigates issue of race, memory, and identity and their interpretation through architectural and urban design. 

Much of his work focuses on assisting African American communities to preserve and interpret their significant cultural resources and to utilize them to stimulate community development. 


Roots for Resistance: Yoga, Self-Care & Social Justice with Jessica Young | Radical Care Programming 

Monday, October 16,  4:15–5:30 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327 

Join us for a workshop exploring the intersection of activism and healing. Explore tools you can use to cultivate a practice that serves you in the classroom, in the studio, and in the streets. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. 

Jessica Young has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. In 2010, she began studying at Tejas Yoga, where she completed her 200-hour teacher training. Young is devoted to crafting a balanced and engaging experience for every practitioner. She uses yoga as a tool for connection, integration, and a deep communion with the self and the divine. Young is a collective member of the Chicago Women's health Center, where she helps provide education and care for women and trans people in Chicago. She is also a company member of 2nd Story, a theater collective that uses storytelling to create and foster community and inclusion. To read more about her teaching, writing, and other work, visit adevotedyogi.com. 

Navigating Home: Identity and Managing Difficult Conversations with Kim Katrin Milan | Radical Care Programming 

Workshop: Tuesday, November 7, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Lunch: Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

RSVP to Dio Aldridge at daldridge@saic.edu

"Home" can be difficult when your identities and political beliefs are at odds with the environment. This workshop will delve into methods for self-preservation while working through difficult dialogue. This workshop will be followed by a yoga session. 

Kim Milan is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator, and educator. She is co-founder of the People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committeed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism, and collaboration. Check out her website here.

Spring 2017

Ainehi Edoro

How to Be a Global Artist

Ainehi Edoro, Marquette University
Monday, April 17, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries 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 2011–13 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 US 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, US 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.


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.


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.
Student Leadership Suite, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 205

Presented by Art Education faculty Karyn Sandlos and William Estrada

RSVP required. Email saicdiversity@saic.edu.

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.

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

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.

Kate Dumbleton, Assistant Professor, Arts Administration and Policy

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.

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

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.