Faculty workshop | Intellectual Freedom

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Workshop Description

Intellectual freedom is considered the foundation of several constitutional rights in the United States. It is also considered a structuring principle of intellectual inquiry. But what is intellectual freedom and what does it look like in practice? This workshop will engage with intellectual freedom as a discourse and as a governing concept in learning.

Instructor Bio

Jane’a Johnson

Jane’a Johnson earned a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University, an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in philosophy from Spelman College.

She focuses on visual culture and violence, with special attention given to the way race is produced through archival and museum practices. Her dissertation, Lynching and the Archive: A History, studies lynching images alongside their patterns of circulation as well as the way that they have been presented in museum exhibitions, cataloged in archives, commemorated in memorials, and framed for scholarly study. Her current exhibition and manuscript project examines how contemporary Black photographers in the African Diaspora have responded to the depiction of Black subjects in Dutch Golden Age painting. 

She has held fellowships and grants from the Society of American Archivists/American Research Libraries, the Auschwitz Jewish Center, Freedom Summer Collegiate and the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University.

Jane’a has also worked as a cultural practitioner at Brown University’s John Hay Library, Providence Athenaeum Library, the Crocker Art Museum, the California State Library and Sacramento Public Library.

Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Special Event, Workshop, SEI Workshop


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

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