2016 Commencement Speaker:
Fred Moten

Fred Moten

Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson's Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio (which in 2014 won California Book Award in poetry and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times book Prize) and The Little Edges (which is a finalist for the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award).

A new poetry collection, The Service Porch, and a new collection of essays, to consent not to be a single being, are forthcoming. Moten lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

In 2009 Moten was Critic-in-Residence at In Transit 09: Resistance of the Object, The Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin and was also recognized as one of ten "New American Poets" by the Poetry Society of America; in 2011 he was a Visiting Scholar and Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute; in 2012, he was Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and a member of the writing faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College; and in 2013 he was a Guest Faculty Member in the Summer Writers Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute. He was also a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York from 2001–2002.

Moten served as a member of the Board of Managing Editors of American Quarterly and has been a member of the Editorial Collectives of Social Text and Callaloo, He is also co-founder and copublisher (with Joseph Donahue) of a small literary press called Three Count Pour. WATCH VIDEO

2017 Commencement Speaker:
Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman


Amy Sillman is an artist working primarily in painting and drawing, and also works with animation and writing. Her active exhibition record spans the past two decades, and her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Met, MoMA, the Whitney, SF MoMA, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, LACMA, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Tate in London.

A mid-career survey show of Sillman's work entitled One Lump or Two originated at the ICA Boston in 2013, accompanied by a monograph, and her bibliography also includes "Amy Sillman: Works on Paper," published in 2006 by Gregory R. Miller, NY. A new book about her recent work in painting and animation will be available this fall, 2017, co-published by Portikus, Frankfurt, and Dancing Foxes, NYC.

Sillman has been the recipient of numerous awards, among others, a Residency at the American Academy in Rome in 2014, a Fellowship at The Radcliffe Institute in 2010, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001. She is currently a Professor at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Sillman is represented by Gladstone Gallery, New York, and her next solo show is upcoming in September 2017 at Capitain Petzel in Berlin.

2018 Commencement Speaker:
To be announced