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Spring 2018: Art + Community

ART + COMMUNITY: Division, Resilience & Reconciliation


Wednesdays 6-8pm PST*
Location: Stanford University, Main Quad 420-041**
Instructed by: Jeff Chang and A-lan Holt
1-5 Units

Special Guests include: 
Patrisse Cullors (Black Lives Matter)
Linda Sarsour (Women’s March)
Pasatono Orquesta (Indigenous Oaxacan Music Ensemble) 
Raquel DeAnda (People’s Climate March)
Eugene Rodriguez (Los Cenzontles)
Mia Mingus (Transformative Justice / Disability Justice Activist)
Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan (Filmmakers of Whose Streets?)
Alex Gibson (appalshop)
Dom Flemons (Grammy Award winning guitarist/folk artist)
Halifu Osumare (UC Davis/Stanford CBPA)
Vicky Holt Takamine (Kumu Hula, Pua Ali’i Ilima)
Judith Smith (Axis Dance Company)
Brandan “BMike”Odums (Studio Be, New Orleans)
Donte Clark (The North Pole, Movement Generation)
And a special event with Tarana Burke (#metoo)
and much more!

Course Description:
Freedom is meaningful only if it lifts us all, especially those of us who have been done the most harm. In times of violence and polarization, art brings people together, and can articulate new ways of finding community and freedom.

In this course, we will explore how we make and sustain community, especially in the face of threats from within and without. We will do this especially through examining how artists and culture workers of color develop and advance practices that build mutuality, criticality, renewal, trust, and joy amidst ongoing racial injustice and cultural inequity.
Weekly Course/Events Schedule:
April 4 | Art + Community
Lecture by Jeff Chang & A-lan Holt


April 11 | Dancing in Blackness
Panel by Halifu Osumare; Moderated by A-lan Holt
April 18 | Difference and Belonging
Panel by Alex Gibson, Judith Smith, and Vicky Holt Takamine; Moderated by Jeff Chang
April 25 | "Call-In Culture": Transformative Justice + Community Accountability
Panel by Mia Mingus; Moderated by A-lan Holt
At Mia's request, this video is behind a password wall and may be accessed only by enrollees in the class. Warning: Please be advised that there is content around violence and abuse, particularly sexual violence and child abuse.
May 2 | Recovery and Renewal
Panel by Eugene Rodriguez and Brandan "BMike" Odums; Moderated by Jeff Chang
May 9 | Whose Streets: From Resistance to Transformation
Panel by Sabaah Jordan and Damon Davis; Moderated by Dereca Blackmon
Recording: (interview of Sabaah and Damon only)
May 17 | Mutuality: The Future of Justice Movements
Panel by Patrisse Cullors, Raquel De Anda, Linda Sarsour, and Jose Antonio Vargas; Moderated by Jeff Chang; Introduced by Harry Elam
May 23 | Joy!
Performance and Panel by Dom Flemons and Orquestra Pasatono; Moderated by Ruben Martinez
May 30 | Sustainability
Panel by Donte Clark; Moderated by A-lan Holt
This course is funded through the generous support of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, the Vice President for the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
We are also happy to announce our esteemed collaborators and co-sponsors: the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, African + African American Studies, Women’s Community Center, Stanford Live!, El Centro, Markaz, Black Cultural Services Center, Asian American Activities Center, Students for a Sustainable Stanford, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Residential Education, Institutional Equity and Access.