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Spring 2017: LIVING FREE

IDA Spring Course 2017

LIVING FREE: Embodying healing and creativity in the era of Racial Justice Movements


Location: Stanford Main Quad, Building 300 Room 300*
*Wheelchair accessible facilities, fragrance free

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A-lan Holt, Stephen Murphy Shigematsu, Mark Gonzales

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Course Description:

Justice based work urges us to interrupt systems of violence with systems of healing that recover traditions, invent new modalities, and connect to survival practices developed by many generations of people in community.

In this course we will bring together leading artists, thinkers, organizers, and healers to envision work and embody practices that resist the subjugation and erasure of their bodies, land, and natural resources. In this course we ask: what does it mean to embody health? How can we shift frameworks of pathology into frameworks of wholeness through intentional design? What practices can we develop, recover, and share that help us create systems that support and value equity, healing and creativity for communities most at risk? And finally, how can we all live free?

Guest Lectures:


4/5/2017embodying healing and creativity, an introduction 



A-lan Holt (Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts)

4/12/2017 — sustaining life : healing, culture, and racial justice


Prentis Hemphill (Director of Healing Justice, Black Lives Matter)

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem (Executive Director, Culture/Strike)

Lyla June Johnston (Founder, Regeneration Festival)


4/19/2017 — what is health? : examining health equity


Stephen Shigematsu (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University)


4/26/2017 — can art save? : creative work in an unfree world


Solmaz Sharif (Poet, author of Look)

w/ Mark Gonzales (


5/3/2017 — Kia Lebeija : from pathology to wholeness


Kia Lebeija (Visual Artist)


5/10/2017Ana Teresa Fernandez : imagination and the practice of freedom

Recording not yet posted

Ana Teresa Fernandez (Visual Artist)


5/17/2017 — creating sanctuary: spiritual activism and social justice

Recording not yet posted

Ratchet Dharma Collective (feat. healing artists: Bea Anderson, Sara Shapouri, and Kate Johnson)


5/24/2017 — freedom in the era of mass incarceration

Recording not yet posted

Ericka Huggins (Former political prisoner & leader in the Black Panther Party)

Walidah Imarisha (Activist, educator, author of Angels with Dirty Faces)

Favianna Rodriguez (Visual artist, Culture/Strike Until we all are free)


5/31/2017 living free: meditations on longevity

Recording not yet posted

A-lan Holt (Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts)

Mark Gonzales (

Stephen Shigematsu (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University)


6/7/2017 — final student presentations


Planning Your Visit:

1. Location Tip
Building 300 is located on the southeast side (Escondido Mall side) of the outer Main Quad. From the Oval, use the ramped path to the right of the steps to reach the arcade level. Continue along the pathway heading towards Memorial Church. Once at the front of Memorial Church, turn left and continue until the end of the arcade. Turn right at the outer arcade and then right again at the corner of Building 260. Continue past Building 260 and Building 300 is located on the right.

2. Use/Purpose
Building 300 is occupied by the Anthropology department. Office spaces are located on the 1st and 2nd floors and classrooms are located on the 1st floor. There is no elevator in Building 300.

3. *Accessible Entrance
There are two accessible entrances along Escondido Mall, with one entrance equipped with a power-operated door. The power-operated door leads directly to a large classroom. Wheelchair access is limited to the 1st floor.

4. Restrooms
Wheelchair accessible men's and women's restrooms are located on the 1st floor.

5. Parking and Transportation
The Marguerite shuttle stop is directly in front of the Main Quad on Serra Mall. Disabled parking is located at the top of the Oval on either side for closer access to the front of the Main Quad. For closer access to buildings along the back end of the Main Quad, the closest parking is available at the end of Santa Teresa Street, near Duena Street or in a small parking lot near Duena Street and Panama Mall. There is a limited amount of disabled parking located behind MemChu via Duena Street (gate access code required). Contact the Diversity and Access Office at (650) 725-0326 for details.

6. Points of Interest
While at the Main Quad, visit Memorial Church or the Rodin Collection in Memorial Court. There are also several cafes in the Main Quad area.