Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

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Upcoming events

Leah Penniman | Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice


Wednesday, April 24

20 Washington Place, Auditorium

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities... read more
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Ed Schlossberg - Art|Design|Life


Thursday, April 25

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Ed Schlossberg has been working all his life to engage simultaneously between and among these three ideas – goals, projects and tools. He will continue to explore this odyssey in his talk. read more

Kader Attia | On repair

For many years, Kader Attia has been exploring the perspective that societies have on their history, especially as regards experiences of deprivation and suppression, violence and loss, and how this affects the evolving of nations and individuals — each of them being connected to collective memory. His socio-cultural research has led Kader Attia to the notion of Repair, a concept he has been... read more

Lynne Cooke | Contesting Borders: interchanges between uncredentialed artists and American vanguards


Thursday, May 9

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Since the last century, the relationship between vanguard and self-taught artists has been defined by contradiction. The established art world has been quick to make clear distinctions between trained and untrained artists, yet at the same time it has been fascinated by outliers whom it draws selectively and intermittently into its orbits. Curator Lynne Cooke explores shifting conceptualizations... read more

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