SEI faculty workshop | Evidence, Expertise and the Desires of Rigor

Workshop Description

What does rigor desire? Who does rigor deem desirable? 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, Imani Perry’s Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation, and Allan De Souza’s How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change this workshop will challenge our attachments to the concepts of evidence and expertise; concepts often valorized in our respective professions, fields, and classrooms. It is our hope that such a challenge 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, February 20 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Teaching and Learning Lab in the Center for Social Equity & Inclusion
293 S. Main St., Providence, RI 02906

Event Type

SEI Event, SEI Workshop


Academic Affairs, SEI - Social Equity Inclusion Initiative

Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity

Elizabeth Hermann

Elizabeth Hermann left a positive review Wednesday, February 19, 2020

While there were only three of us, including Chris, it was both a provocative and meaningful discussion - one which is still roaming through my head. It made me realize, once again, how we have so few opportunities at RISD to get to discussions around deeper levels of understanding in what we do each day. Having Chris here this year has been a real gift.

You're not going yet!

This event requires registration.