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Felipe Pereda chosen as a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for the current academic year

May 2, 2019

Felipe Pereda has been chosen as a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for the current academic year.  These awards are given annually to a select few faculty colleagues in recognition of their achievements and scholarly eminence in the fields of literature, history, or art.  This award reflects Professor Pereda’s outstanding contributions to his field, including the 2018 publications of Images of Discord: Poetics and Politics of the Sacred Image in Fifteenth-Century Spain and Crime and Illusion: The Art of Truth in the Spanish Golden Age

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The Harvard Gazette - The work of culture alters our perceptions - Radcliffe conference explores the nexus of race and justice through art

April 30, 2019

 

 

Diane Paulus considered it self-evident to put race at the center of the American Repertory Theater’s revival of the award-winning musical “1776,” debuting next year.

Speaking Friday at the “Vision & Justice” conference, Paulus, A.R.T.’s director, said earlier runs of the musical about the writing of the Declaration of Independence, failed to...

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The New York Times - Prof. Sarah Lewis - "The Racial Bias Built Into Photography"

April 25, 2019

Can a photographic lens condition racial behavior? I wondered about this as I was preparing to speak about images and justice on a university campus.

“We have a problem. Your jacket is lighter than your face,” the technician said from the back of the one-thousand-person amphitheater-style auditorium. “That’s going to be a problem for lighting.” She was handling the video recording and lighting for the event.

 

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The New York Times - Prof. Sarah LewisThe Racial Bias Built Into Photography

April 25, 2019

Can a photographic lens condition racial behavior? I wondered about this as I was preparing to speak about images and justice on a university campus.

“We have a problem. Your jacket is lighter than your face,” the technician said from the back of the one-thousand-person amphitheater-style auditorium. “That’s going to be a problem for lighting.” She was handling the video recording and lighting for the event.

 

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On the cover of The Boston Globe - "This is Sarah Lewis. You should know who she is"

April 25, 2019

Pushing back against erasure and misrepresentation is rooted in her family tree.

As a student in 1926, her grandfather was expelled from a Brooklyn high school for asking where black people were in the textbooks. He never returned to school. He became an artist and a jazz musician, painting the world he wanted to see in those books, making the music of our people.

“I never understood that he was really asking the question that here, two generations later at Harvard, I’m asking,” Lewis says. “What’s the role of visuality for determining who counts and who belongs in...

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Picturing vision and justice - "Two-day conference explores the nexus of art, race, laws, and norms" - Sarah Lewis

April 23, 2019

When asked in 2016 to guest edit a special edition of Aperture magazine devoted to the photography of the black experience, Sarah Lewis knew two concepts central to the notion of American citizenship — vision and justice — would comprise the issue’s underlying theme.

“No matter the topic — beauty, family, politics, power — the quest for a legacy of photographic representation of African...

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Clay – "Modeling African Design” curated by Suzanne Blier and Jessica Martinez (May/June Harvard Magazine)

April 23, 2019

“Clay—Modeling African Design” was recently curated by Suzanne Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies, and Jessica Martinez, Director of Academic and Public Programs and Division Head, Research Curator of African Art Initiatives, Harvard Art Museum.  The exhibition will be on display at the Harvard Art Museums through November 2021.

 

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Melissa McCormick will lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on The Tale of Genji exhibition she curated

April 14, 2019

Sunday at The Met—The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated 

SUNDAY / APRIL 14 
2:00–3:30 P.M. 

John T. Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, Department of Asian Art, The Met
Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, Harvard University

Join the exhibition curators as they explore the significance of The Tale of Genji in Japanese visual culture and world literature through paintings, illustrations, and...

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Kristie La (G2) awarded Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

April 12, 2019

As announced in the New York Times (April 11, 2019), KRISTIE LA (G2) has been awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.  This is a truly major graduate-school fellowship awarded to outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States for their potential to make significant contributions to society, culture, or academic fields.  Kristie is one of 30 awardees selected from a pool of 1,767 applicants representing all fields of graduate study, including the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, law, and medicine....

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