The Department hosts approximately 20 lectures annually, including a lecture series on a particular area of interest to the faculty each year. The annual Anita Glass Memorial Lecture is the Department's biggest lecture event. Smaller Roundtable discussions and informal lectures take place throughout the year. To be included on the mailing list for our events, please contact [email protected]



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    Brown|RISD Dual Degree Student Exhibition “The Witching Hour”

    Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

    The Brown|RISD Dual Degree program’s annual student-organized exhibition, The Witching Hour, is on display throughout the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts (154 Angell Street) from January 23 through February 26, 2023. Comprised of artwork by Brown|RISD Dual Degree students, The Witching Hour explores themes of magic, mystery, mysticism, myth, rites & rituals, the grotesque, the fantastical, the uncanny, curiosities, and wonder.

    Visit the Brown Arts Institute’s website for hours and information on directions & accessibility.

    Arts, Performance
  • In postwar Italy, a group of visionary artists used emergent computer technologies as both tools of artistic production and a means to reconceptualize the dynamic interrelation between individual freedom and collectivity. Arte Programmata traces the multifaceted practices of these groundbreaking artists and their conviction that technology could provide the conditions for a liberated social life. Forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press on October 25th, 2022.

    Lindsay Caplan’s Arte Programmata offers a compelling account of a group of lesser-known artists affiliated with the Italian Arte Programmata movement, whose experimental art and design practices, emerging in the nascent years of computerization, pointedly (and presciently) engaged with political questions around freedom and control, individuality and collectivity. Beautifully written, sharply analytic, and free of jargon, Caplan’s incisive study should find a place on the bookshelves of anyone interested in the roots and impacts of technological change.

    — Janet Kraynak, author of Contemporary Art and the Digitization of Everyday Life

  • Dawit L. Petros, Istruzioni (Transits, Trajectories, Invisible Networks), Part III, Serigraph on ...

    Dawit Petros

    Rhode Island Hall

    Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist, researcher and educator. His work is informed by studies of global modernisms, theories of diaspora, and postcolonial studies. Throughout the past decade, he has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements between colonialism and modernity. Petros is an Eritrean emigrant who spent formative years in Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Kenya before settling in central Canada. The overlapping cultures, voices, and tenets of this constellation produced a dispersed consciousness, global and transnational in stance and outlook. His works aim for an introspective and textured analysis of the historical factors that produced these migratory conditions. Petros installs photographs, moving images, sculptural objects, and sound work according to performative, painterly, or site responsive logics.

    Petros completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, an MFA in Visual Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University; a BFA in Photography from Concordia University and a BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan. Recent exhibition venues include KØS Museum for Art in Public Space, Nørregade, Køge; Ozangé Spanish Biennial of African Photography, Malaga; Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo; Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; and the Bamako Biennale in Mali. He has been awarded a Terra Foundation Research Fellow, the Paul De Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award in Art Photography, an Art Matters Fellowship, and Artist Residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The McColl Center for Visual Art, and Addis Ababa Photo Fest.

    Dawit L. Petros is an Associate Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is represented by Tiwani Contemporary in London, UK and Bradley Ertaskiran in Montreal, Canada.

    Image: Istruzioni (Transits, Trajectories, Invisible Networks), Part III, Serigraph on Arnhem paper 56x76cm(22x30in.), 2021.

  • “The emancipation of the soul involves surrender – the surrender of a lower self, the surrender of legend to fact, the surrender of narrow to wide horizons, the surrender to exclusive to inclusive fellowships.” – Fred L. Brownlee, former corresponding secretary of the American Missionary Association.

    In 1942, Dr. Charles S. Johnson began a series of seminars known as the Race Relations Institute (RRI) on the campus of Fisk University which was funded in part by the American Missionary Association. This forum encouraged notable figures to offer research and discussion on racial parity, and it created a standard method for holding a national dialogue on race. Johnson and his colleagues understood the importance of art and humanities as effective tools to advance racial equality. His conversation will focus on the history of art collections at institutions that were founded by or associated with the American Missionary Association.

    Turry M. Flucker has served as the Vice President of Collections and Partnerships for the Terra Foundation for American Art since August 2022, where he oversees the foundation’s American art collection as well as fosters collaborative partnerships throughout the field. Previously director and curator of Tougaloo College Art Collections in Tougaloo, MS, Flucker provided the artistic vision guiding the stewardship of the college’s art collections and cultivated a range of national partnerships. He curated and authored the traveling exhibition and catalogue Art and Activism at Tougaloo College, co-organized by the American Federation of Arts, and he organized the teaching exhibition FREEDOM: Abstract Expressionism, Tougaloo College and the Civil Rights Movement.


    This talk is the 2023 Anita Glass Memorial Lecture.

  • Despina Stratigakos is a writer, historian, and professor.

    Her research explores how power and ideology function in architecture, whether in the creation of domestic spaces or of world empires. She is the author of four books. Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (2020), winner of the Society of Architectural Historians 2022 Spiro Kostof Book Prize, examines how Nazi architects and planners envisioned and began to construct a model “Aryan” society in Norway during World War II. Where Are the Women Architects? (2016), confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. Hitler at Home (2015) investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (2008), which traces the history of a forgotten female metropolis, won the 2009 German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize. Stratigakos has served as UB Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and on the Board of Directors of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, Society of Architectural Historians, International Archive of Women in Architecture, and Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. She also participated on Buffalo’s municipal task force for Diversity in Architecture and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. During the 2016-17 academic year, she was in residence as a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton.

  • Mediterranean Archaeology sits at an often complex intersection of the fields of Archaeology, Classics, Anthropology, History, and Art History. While several of these fields, in particular Classics and Anthropology have begun periods of significant critical self-reflection that explicitly question their present and future, Mediterranean Archaeology is doing so in a more fragmented manner. This lack of coherence may perhaps be ascribed to institutional fragmentation, in particular in US academia, but it can also be traced to its intricate location at the intersection of multiple academic traditions. As a result, Mediterranean archaeology has struggled to identify its own priorities and find its own voice for challenging traditional narratives and approaches and, as a result, risks being subsumed by adjacent disciplines with louder voices, despite many possible valuable contributions.

    In light of these challenges, and especially considering the rapid pace of developments in archaeological methods and theory, the time is ripe to consider both the state of our field at this moment in time and to discuss where it can and should go in the future. Nearly every facet of Mediterranean Archaeology may be questioned and, indeed, we must do so in order to guarantee the continued relevance of our subject in both the ancient and modern worlds.

    Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World will host a conference titled State of the Field 2023: Archaeologies of the Mediterranean on April 14-15, 2023. This meeting builds on a tradition of ‘State of the Field’ workshops hosted by the Joukowsky Institute since 2011 that reflect upon current trends in archaeological practice. This year’s conference discusses the place of Mediterranean Archaeology in the modern world in North America, Europe and the Mediterranean. We intend to examine academic traditions and assumptions as well as contemporary institutional and political structures that frame our theoretical and methodological engagement with the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean and adjacent regions in order to ensure that the field maintains relevance into the future.

    History, Cultural Studies, Languages, Humanities, Identity, Culture, Inclusion, International, Global Engagement, Social Sciences