In solidarity with the BLM movement there have been calls for a Scholar Strike. Building off the momentum of this summer’s organizing and last week’s cancelled sporting events, organizers are calling for scholars to engage in a work-as-usual stoppage and a national, virtual, and public teach-in on police violence and racism. #ScholarStrike is being coordinated nationally by Professors Anthea Butler (UPenn Religious Studies & Africana Studies) and Kevin Gannon (History & Center for Excellence in Teaching). Students, faculty, and other members of university communities are encouraged to sign up. This will then allow people to access the national teach-in and other resources.
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences fall series Engaging the World: leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race offers numerous resources to use during class time and to examine during these days focusing on racial justice. Options include art exhibits to engage with, a film with a later discussion, and a conversation series to consider:
Art Exhibit, Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories: Featuring the work of Mark Bradford, Rotimi FaniKayode, Ivan Forde, Maya Freelon and Manuel Mendive, this exhibition explores how memories (both personal and historical) are reshaped and reimagined by contemporary Black artists in the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art.
11am -- Noon Artist Curtis Talwast Santiago and Professor Lia Halloran discuss the evolution of race and identity in Curtis’ work among a shifting global context. The Canadian-Trinidadian artist’s drawing practice, which has expanded significantly in recent years grapples with “genetic imagination,” or the ability to access generational knowledge through imaginative recollection and projection. For the artist, this method serves as a means of wading through histories lost, hidden, and often tangled.
Curtis Talwst Santiago has a decentralized intercontinental practice. International exhibitions include: The Drawing Center and The New Museum in New York, Art Gallery of Ontario, Pérez Art Museum, and the SCAD Museum of Art. Santiago’s work was featured in both the 2018 Biennale de Dakar and SITE Santa Fe, NM and he was a featured artist for the inaugural 2019 Toronto Biennial. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. https://chapman.zoom.us/j/96647842539
1-2pm -- Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race and the Peace Studies Department offer Strategy Sessions for an Antiracist Campus and Community. As a social movement scholar and long-time activist, Lisa Leitz (Peace Studies & Sociology) will facilitate a conversation focusing on creative ways to use your skills to develop tactics and plans to build push for change at Chapman and our wider community. Interested participants are encouraged to email Dr. Leitz.