Arjun Appadurai: Is Modernity Still At Large? Global Cultural Flows in the Digital Era
Liberal Arts Division, President's Office, and Center for Social Equity + Inclusion
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:30pm in the 20 Washington Place RISD Auditorium. In this lecture renowned socio-cultural anthropologist Arjun Appadurai will revisit some of the key propositions about globalization, modernity, and contemporary cultures first offered in his groundbreaking book Modernity At Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (University of Minnesota Press, 1996) in light of recent developments in the digital, political, and economic spheres.
Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He serves as Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and as a Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. He was previously Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives at The New School in New York City, where he also held a Distinguished Professorship as the John Dewey Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences. Arjun Appadurai was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School from 2004-2006. He was formerly the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Center on Cities and Globalization at Yale University. Appadurai is the founder and now the President of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research), a non-profit organization based in and oriented to the city of Mumbai (India).
Decolonizing Design, Repair, and Mapping Indigenous Futures | A Conversatoin with Tristan Schultz
Liberal Arts Division and RISD Museum
Lecture, March 21, 2019. 6:30 pm, Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum. In this discussion, Tristan Schultz will discuss his work with the decolonizing design group. He will also discuss his research on repair and maintenance as radical eco-design strategies and consider the role that indigenous futuring could play in expanding our understanding of sustainable futures.
Tristan Schultz is a Lecturer and Convenor of Visual Communication Design in the Design Futures Program at Griffith University, Tristan is an Australian/Aboriginal interdisciplinary designer, strategist and researcher with a Master of Design Futures (Hons) and PhD Candidate. Recent research has focused on how design has been, and still is implicated in ongoing colonialism, particularly in relation to Aboriginal cultures in Australia.
He is also the founder and co-director of Relative, a forward-thinking, strategic design practice with a focus on using up-to-date research and community engagement processes to help people understand complex challenges and to support behaviour changes.
Break Pot: Benefit St.
Liberal Arts Division, President's Office, Center for Social Equity + Inclusion, and RISD Museum
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1 pm in the RISD Museum Upper Farago Gallery. Amy Lee Sanford, a Cambodian-American artist with an international reputation, participates in the RISD Museum’s exhibition “Repair and Design Futures” through a powerful, one-afternoon performance of a gallery installation entitled Break Pot: Benefit St., a shortened version of the six day durational performance called Full Circle.
Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and raised in the United States, Amy Lee Sanford holds a degree from Brown University in the Visual Arts. Her work references the deep personal significance of family separation, cultural destruction and death associated with the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, and the long, slow process of reconstruction in the decades that have followed. She investigates the intersection of trauma and healing, the healing processes of repetition, recollection and repair, and the defragmentation of history. Sanford has been in numerous exhibitions internationally, most recently Memory | Commitment | Aspiration (Arkansas, 2018), Cinerama: Art and the Moving Image (Singapore, 2017-18), Love in the Time of War (San Francisco, 2016) and Images Biennial: An Age of Our Own Making (Denmark, 2016). This piece is a particularly powerful evocation of individual, social and cultural repair. The performance takes place over three hours; visitors are welcome to drop in for part of it or stay for the duration.
Photo credit: Amy Lee Sanford, Full Circle (Day 3) Amy Lee Sanford - 2012 Durational Performance.
An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage
Liberal Arts Division, President's Office, Center for Social Equity + Inclusion, Experimental and Foundation Studies Division, and Fine Arts Division
Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 5pm in the RISD Auditorium. The President’s Office and Social Equity and Inclusion Initiative welcome Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and educator Lynn Nottage to RISD. Nottage engages some of our most intractable problems, both on and off the stage, and her practice is characterized by extensive research while writing and continued involvement with subject communities once the work is complete.This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Social Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the Division of Liberal Arts Humanities Fund and a Research Collaboration and Event Grant, the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies and the Division of Fine Arts.
Lynn Nottage is among the most celebrated of contemporary American playwrights and the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice (for Ruined in 2009 and Sweat in 2017). She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” a Guggenheim Grant, the Doris Duke Artist Award, PEN/Pels Award, National Black Theater Fest’s August Wilson Award, the Helen Hayes Award and many others. Following her studies at Brown and Yale Universities, she worked as an advocate with Amnesty International, where she found her artistic voice, and has since produced a body of work that makes “injustices too familiar to be ignored.” She is a co-founder of Market Road Films production company and a faculty member at both Columbia School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.
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