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Globally Connected @ FIT

Short presentations, talks, and discussions for the FIT community

This is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our new world without mobility. The major themes will be fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world.

Co-organizers: Helen Gaudette and Alexander Nagel
Hosted by the Office of International Programs, History of Art, and the Cultural Fellows

One Love: Promoting Black Pride and Racial Equity

Bob Marley, the godfather of Reggae, says it best, “one love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright.” The Black Lives Matter Movement has the world saying, “enough”.  Anya Swapp, International FIT student and Cultural Fellow, presents her passion project, “Next of Kin”, an art representation in support of the movement to establish systematic changes. This conversation is themed around Afrofuturism--possessing the imagined African identity that could have potentially emerged from an African cultural experience uninterrupted by oppression. We invite all to join the conversation on Black excellence and racial equity as we continue to spark change.

Thursday, October 29
12:30-1:15 pm

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  • FBM student and Cultural Fellow Anya Swapp with Awa Doumbia and Kiara Williams, members of the Black Student Union, and Janice Lawrence-Clarke, FIT Alum and Founder of CAFE - Caribbean American Fashion Exchange


November 12, 12-12:45 pm  
Cultural Appropriation in Fashion and Entertainment
Yuniya (Yuni) Kawamura, Sociology, Jung-Whan (Marc) de Jong, Sociology.

November 19, 12:30-1:15 pm
Battling Stereotype and Stigma: A conversation on Cultural Appropriation

Fashion Design Student Siddhi Daga

December 10, 12-12:45 pm  
Creating Fashion History Content During a Pandemic.
Darnell Lisby, Alumni, Class of 2018, MFA

December 17, 9-9:45 am
Global Identities in Focus: A Reset for the Emerging Artists of Southeast Asia
Entrepreneurship Student Zeke Edwards and Textile/Surface Design Student Audrey Martiandy


The Joy of Modern Life: Things to Avoid during the Pandemic

In a beautifully illustrated talk, Pyun discusses joyous spectacles of modern life such as the night life, emergence of restaurants and cafes, strolls in department stores, and musical performances in theaters at the turn of the twentieth century in New York City and in other large cities. Ironically, we have learned that these are types of activities we should avoid and curtail during the pandemic. In this talk, we will appreciate a cosmopolitan lifestyle with reflections on public health and technology.

Thursday, October 22 

The Recording


  • Kyunghee Pyun is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Her scholarship focuses on history of collecting, reception of Asian art, diaspora of Asian artists, and Asian American visual culture. She was a Leon Levy fellow in the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection. Fashion, Identity, Power in Modern Asia surveyed modernized dresses in the early twentieth century. She is working on a new book on school uniforms in East Asia. 

Conversations for the Future: Mapping the Art World After the Pandemic

Angelica Pomar, FIT Art History and Museum Professions senior, and Eva Mayhabal Davis, arts advocator and curator, will discuss the climate of the art world post-pandemic and what it means for Black, Indigeous, people of color, women, and queer individuals working in the arts. They will evaluate how art institutions can better represent these identities in both exhibitions and on the art careers front. Most importantly, they will look at how wider representation in the arts can be the catalyst for social equity and change.

Thursday, October 1
1–1:45 pm

The Recording


  • Angelica Pomar is an Art History and Museum Professions senior at FIT. She identifies as Nuyorican and South American, and is passionate about social justice within the arts. Last Spring, Angelica studied abroad in Florence, Italy to further study art history and museum studies at the Lorenzo De' Medici Institute. Angelica is also an artist educator at the Museum of Arts and Design, where she helps facilitate and plan virtual public programming with the education department. Angelica has previously helped curate the exhibition Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in Queens, New York. Angelica has worked with art institutions since 2016, some of which are the Whitney Museum, New York Historical Society, SOHO20 Art Gallery, and The Morgan Library. 
  • Eva Mayhabal Davis (b. Toluca, Mexico) is an arts advocate and curator. She has collaborated on exhibitions at BronxArtSpace, En Foco, Expressiones Cultural Center, MECA International Art Fair, Photoville NYC, Queens Museum, Ray Gallery, and Smack Mellon. Based in Brooklyn, she is a co-director at Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial initiative. She is currently the intake associate at UnLocal, Inc, a non-profit organization that provides direct immigration legal representation, legal consultations, and community education to New York City’s undocumented immigrant communities.

Tehran, Athens, and Venice: Dialogues on the Production of Art Around the World in 2020

FIT faculty member Alex Nagel in conversation with Cacao Rocks (Athens, Greece), Helia Darab (Tehran, Iran), Aisling Sareh Haghshenas (Tehran, Iran), Sara Aghajani (Siegen, Germany), and Renato D’Agostin (Venice, Italy). A discussion around how artists and galleries around the world are responding to COVID-19 and the challenges of 2020. Themes include community building and ways to understand how artists around the world respond to the new world we live in. What are the themes that bind artist communities in Tehran, Athens, and Venice in 2020? What are ways to respond and engage to the new global environment with the production of art in the summer and fall of 2020

Thursday, September 24 
Noon–12:45 pm   


  • Alex Nagel is an assistant professor in FIT's History of Art department.
  • Cacao Rocks (Megoulas Yassonas, born 1985) is a street graffiti artist based in Athens, Greece. His work including paintings, sculptures, video art and installations, has been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Benaki Museum in Athens and the Onassis Cultural Center and Salomon Arts Gallery in New York City. He represented Greece at Mediterranea 2018 Young Artists Biennale.
  • Helia Darabi, lives in Tehran and is a member of the Contemporary Art Committee in the Art Research Center at the Iranian Academy of Art. She is writing and teaching on contemporary Iranian visual art at universities in Tehran and through her personal online platform.
  • Aisling Sareh Haghshenas is an artist based in Tehran. Her work, which includes urban photography, video, and art installations, have been exhibited in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Austria, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Slovakia, and Turkey.
  • Renato D’Agostin (born 1983) is a photographer based in Venice, Italy. In New York City, he worked as an assistant to Ralph Gibson. Renato’s work has been exhibited in The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as LACMA in Los Angeles and elsewhere.