Place: Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts

April 16| 2pm | Instructor: Samba Camara

Instructor: Samba Camara of FIU Samba Camara is Adjunct Professor of African Art and Literatures and Wolof Language at Florida International University. He is a PhD candidate at Ohio University’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and is completing a doctoral dissertation on postcolonial nationhood focusing on Islamic poetry, popular music, and the negotiation of »

Street Artists

April 9 | 2pm | Instructor: Alessandro Abate

Instructor: Alessandro Abate, photographer Photography seems to be in Alessandro Abate’s blood. Sandro’s father had a photo studio in Venezuela when he was growing up and many of his earliest memories are of developing film in the darkroom and learning his way around a camera. Sandro has been in love with »

Time: The Past is More Infinite Than the Future – Collapsing the linear

Mar. 12 | 2pm | Instructors: william cordova and Onajide Shabaka

  Instructor: william cordova, artist william cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru and living in Miami/New York City. Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change and perception changes when we move around in space. Cordova received a BFA from the School of »

Handiwork, The Place of Craft in Art Today

April 2 | 2pm | Instructor: Martin Tsang & Alexander Fernández

Instructors: Martin Tsang PhD Martin Tsang is a cultural and historical anthropologist with a focus on Chinese people in Cuba and Afro-Caribbean religiosity. His doctoral research investigated Chinese influence in Afro-Cuban religion. Martin is also a Lukumí priest and creates Lukumí bead work. In 2012, Alexander Fernández and Martin curated an »

Language: An Artist’s Perspective

Feb. 20 | 2pm | Instructor: Rosa Naday Garmendia

Using letters, words and Spanglish phrases to interpret and re-purpose meanings addressing contemporary issues   Instructor: Rosa Naday Garmendia, creative thinker and producer Rosa Naday Garmendia is a socially engaged artist whose art making process is fed by her interest in the human condition. For the last 15 years she has cultivated a diverse artistic practice using a »

Spirituality: A Discussion of the Sacred Arts of Afro-Cuban Lukumí Religion

Feb. 27 | 2pm | Instructor: Martin Tsang

  Instructors: Martin Tsang PhD Martin Tsang is a cultural and historical anthropologist with a focus on Chinese people in Cuba and Afro-Caribbean religiosity. His doctoral research investigated Chinese influence in Afro-Cuban religion. Martin is also a Lukumí priest and creates Lukumí bead work. In 2012, Alexander Fernández and Martin curated »

Identity Issues: Nationality and Ethnicity

Mar. 5 | 2pm | Instructor: Dr. Maya Boutaghou

  Instructor: Dr. Maya Boutaghou, Assistant Professor in Modern Languages & Women’s and Gender Studies Dr. Boutaghou is currently Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Women’s and Gender Studies at Florida International University.  From 2008 to 2010 she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. »

The Body: Baartman to Beyonce

Jan. 30, 2016 | 2pm | Instructor Dr. Dionne P. Stephens

The Body Baartman to Beyonce: Appealing/Appalling Buttocks in Contemporary Popular Culture Instructor: Dr. Dionne Stephens, Professor of Psychology, FIU   Dr. Stephens’ research examines socio-historical factors shaping minority populations sexual scripting and sexual health processes with an emphasis on gender and ethnic/ racial identity development. Her research is conducted through the Heath »

Identity Issues: Protest Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance

Jan. 23, 2016 | 2pm | Instructor Dr. Alessandra Rosa

Instructor: Dr. Alessandra Rosa, Sociocultural Anthropology, Puerto Rican Studies, Social Movements, National Identity, and Media at FIU Alessandra Rosa is a practicing sociocultural anthropologist and activist researcher. She focuses on social movements, education, national identity(ies), discourses, and how these intersect and are manifested through the media. As a transnational feminist scholar, »