“Art + Activism: Transforming Silence into Action” – Spring 2018

Activism is often focused on responding to negative and oppressive institutions and societal practices. This series highlights the unique role art plays in asserting positive, creative visions of the future during times of strife. Artists confront social issues through innovative pathways, working on the level of emotional connection and impact rather than reiterating facts and arguments.

All Friday Forums are on Fridays at 12:00pm in Latzer Hall of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign. 

Feb 16 – Ricardo Levins Morales “Art as Action: Drawing the Line for Justice”

Feb 23 – Lisa Fay “The Artist as Artist: An Insistence”

Mar 2 – Jason Patterson “The Compounding American Moral Debt: Through artwork, the telling of the overlooked and unreconciled American history that continue to influence and dictate life in the United States”

Mar 9 – Candace Hunter ““Dust in Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis”

Mar 30 – Native POP “Strong Women Reclaiming Imagery”

April 6 –  Avery R. Young “Creating Music as Space to Explore and Inform Social Construct & Change”

April 13 – Bill McKibben “Building a Better Environmental Movement”

April 20 – Dr. William Patterson “South Side Cool: exploring the cultural wealth of Chicago for new knowledge production in artist activism and entrepreneurial ventures”

The Spring 2018 Friday Forum Lecture Series is made possible by: Center for Advanced Study, Channing Murray Foundation, The Chapel of Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church, Diversity and Social Justice Education, First Mennonite Church, Illini Hillel, LGBT Resource Center, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Office of the Provost, Native American House, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Student Sustainability Committee, Unit One/Allen Hall, Urbana Champaign Friends Meeting, Wesley United Methodist Church, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois


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