Faculty workshop | Justice and Work in the Wake of Rigor

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Workshop Description

What justice does rigor want? Who does the work of rigor? How do we make, in the wake of rigor? In this workshop, which is part lecture and part activity in structure, participants will have an opportunity to consider these questions and more. Rooted in, but not exclusively referencing, Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, and Allan De Souza’s How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change this workshop will cultivate our commitments to the practices of justice and work; practices often rhetorically deployed in our respective professions, fields, and classrooms. It is our hope that such cultivation will push all of us to deepen our pedagogical practices so that as teachers we may strengthen our ability to facilitate our students’ growth as makers, creators, and people.

Instructor Bio

Christopher Roberts, from Baltimore, MD, earned his PhD in Africology and African American Studies from Temple University, and an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. He examines Black geographies of memory and forgetting with an emphasis on the United States, but discursively with the broader Africana world. Prior to teaching at RISD, he taught at Brown University, Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Roberts spent ten years as a museum professional working in educational programming and tour design at The Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. He has worked as a Poet Mentor in Bay Area public schools and taught in the Oakland Freedom Schools programs. He has also worked as a spoken word artist, performing his poetry in cities across the United States.

Thursday, November 5 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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SEI Event, SEI Workshop


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