Symposium | Collapse

RISD’s Center for Complexity presents Collapse, a three-day, in-person symposium that will explore methods of advancing a collective understanding of the meaning and consequences of collapse. How can interrogating the idea of collapse allow us to recognize and value non-dominant groups or ideas? How might the notion of collapse be generative, unifying, uplifting, cathartic or poetic? The RISD community is invited to consider such questions along with visiting speakers Michael Lomonaco (NYC restaurateur and former culinary director of Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Center) and Jack Halberstam (author and professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University). The program includes an exhibition of original artwork, essays and short fiction pieces created by 19 RISD faculty and staff members on themes of collapse, which will be on view in the lobby of 20 Washington Place from September 20–October 23. For more information, contact

The symposium and exhibition are made possible with generous support from Infosys.  

Symposium logo designed by Rene Payne

Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

More dates through September 23, 2022

20 Washington Place, Auditorium

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