March 8, 2021

Virtual lecture series: Decolonizing Nature, Rethinking Art and Design, Remaking Society

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Photo: Jo Sittenfeld.

The Division of Liberal Arts at RISD will host a virtual lecture series this spring called Decolonizing Nature, Rethinking Art and Design, Remaking Society. The series brings together a range of scholars, artists, designers and activists to explore Indigenous histories and futures, the relationship between environmental justice and the renewables revolution, and the possibilities for art and design activist movements to contribute to social, cultural and ecological justice. Details of specific events and speakers can be found here:

endawnis Spears & Cassius Spears Jr.—Indigenous Landscapes: Narragansett Homeland & History
March 10, 7pm ET

DeLesslin George-Warren—Food, Language and Land-based Education in the Catawba Nation
March 16, 4:30pm ET

Shalanda Baker—Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition
March 17, 6pm ET
This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts and RISD’s Center for Social Equity & Inclusion.

Ian Madrigal—"Cause"-Play: Creative Activism to Dismantle Corporate Power and White Supremacy
March 25, 2pm ET

Neotenica—A discussion with authors Joon Oluchi Lee and Sandra Lim
March 26, 3pm ET

Danielle Purifoy—Environmental Racism: An Origin Story
April 1, 1:30pm ET

Queer/Feminist/Praxis—Intersections of Performance, Visual Arts and Activism in Korea and the Korean Diaspora
April 8­–23
This event is organized by RISD Associate Professor Jung Joon Lee with Yeong Ran Kim (Sarah Lawrence College) and sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts, SEI, Turner Fund, Cho Fund NEAC and Association of Asian Studies.

La Resistencia—Art, Activism and Accessibility
April 20, 4:30pm ET

Peter McCoy—Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working with Fungi
May 6, 4:30pm ET

About Rhode Island School of Design
RISD’s mission, through its college and museum, is to educate students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation. The college’s strategic plan NEXT: RISD 2020–2027 sets an ambitious vision for educating students for the future and bringing creative practices to bear on the creation of just societies, a sustainable planet and new ways of making and knowing. RISD’s immersive model of art and design education, which emphasizes critical making through studio-based learning and robust study in the liberal arts, prepares students to intervene in the critical challenges of our time. Working with exceptional faculty and in extraordinary specialized facilities, 2,225 students from 60 countries engage in 44 full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs. RISD’s 30,000 alumni worldwide testify to the impact of this model of education, exemplifying the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region. Find more information at

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