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September 23, 4-5pm

Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race, Communication, and Social Justice 

Dr. Tina M. Harris is the Endowed Chair of Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy at Louisiana State University. Dr. Harris, a renowned expert of Intercultural Communication, will talk about race, communication, and social justice. How are we, as individuals, conceptualizing our world and interacting with one another? What are some ways we can all stand up for a better society?

Presented by the FIT English and Communication Studies Department and the School of Liberal Arts

For more information, contact: Dr. Nurhayat Bilge, [email protected] 

Globally Connected @FIT

Announcing Globally Connected @FIT, a series of 45 minutes long virtual discussions on WebEX led by students, faculty, and alumni with open formats to advance global education at FIT in our new world. The major themes will be Fashion, Art, Sustainability, Racial Equity, and Life in the Pandemic around the world. [email protected] is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, The History of Art Department, and the Cultural Fellows. Co-organizers: Helen Gaudette and Alexander Nagel.

For more information and registration, visit the Globally Connected @ FIT page.

September 24, 12-12:45pm

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

Alex Nagel, History of Art, in conversation with Cacao Rocks (Athens, Greece), Helia Darab, Aisling Sareh Haghshenas (Tehran), Sara Aghajani (Siegen) and Renato D’Agostin (Venice, Italy).

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?

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, Tehran, is a Member of the Contemporary Art Committee in the Art Research Center at the Iranian Academy of Art and 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 was exhibited in the UAE, Russia, Austria, the US and the UK, Italy and 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 DC, the International Center of Photography in New York, as well as LACMA in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Upcoming talks:

October 1, 1-1:45 pm
Conversations for the Future: Mapping the Art World After the Pandemic
Eva Mayhabal Davis, Arts Advocator and Curator and Angelica Pomar, Art History and Museum Professions student

October 22, 12-12:45 pm
The Joy of Modern Life: Things to Avoid during the Pandemic
Kyunghee Pyun, History of Art.

October 29, 12:30-1:15 pm
One Love: Promoting Black Pride and Racial Equity
FBM Student Anya Swapp

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

Saturday, October 3, 3-4pm

Repositioning Egyptologies

Conversations on Representations of North African Pasts in Art History and Museums with Solange Ashby, Vanessa Davies, Lisa Saladina Haney and Elizabeth Minor, hosted by Jennifer Miyuki Babcock and Alexander Nagel

A collaboration supported by ARCE-NY and the FIT Art History Department.

For more information and registration, visit the evenbrite page.

Thursday, October 8, 1-2pm

Fashion as a Vehicle for Change: Why Empowering Women and Artisans is key To Sustainability

According to UNESCO, educating women and girls is the single most effective means
of eradicating poverty and building peace in the developing world.

Please join Theanne Schiros, Science and Math, to learn about her project that
connected FIT faculty and students to a community of 300 female textile artisans in
Guinea, West Africa.

To attend this event, please RSVP to [email protected]


Tuesday, October 27, 5-6:30pm

Writing Through Crisis, with Author Patty Seyburn

How can you remain creative in a time of social unrest and pandemic? The poet and author of Threshold Delivery, Perfecta, and Mechanical Cluster reads from her work and discusses the difficult process of trying to be an artist in times of grief, pain, anger, and upheaval.

The author of five books, Seyburn is known for her inventive wit and for her eloquent, elegant writing. A native of Detroit, she worked in the magazine industry in New York City for many years and now teaches creative writing at California State University Long Beach. She will read from and discuss her latest book, Threshold Delivery.

For more information and registration, contact [email protected], English and Communication Studies.

Liberal Arts School meetings

Tuesday 9/8
Tuesday 10/13
Tuesday 11/10
Tuesday 12/8

All at 1-2pm by Google Meet. Invitations were sent out to all full time faculty.
Please contact [email protected] if you wish to attend the meeting.

Liberal Arts Chairs meetings

Thursday 9/3
Thursday 9/17
Thursday 10/1
Thursday 10/15
Thursday 10/29
Thursday 11/12
Thursday 12/3
Thursday 12/17

All at 10:30-12 by Google Meet. Invitations were sent out to the Chairs and Ass't Chairs.