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(Hi)stories of Repair

Students in the History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences course entitled (Hi)stories of Repair presented moving work from the course.

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A two-day Climate Futures symposium at RISD explored connections between environmental activism and social justice movements.

Nottage Knows the World’s a Stage

Speaking to RISD students, playwright Lynn Nottage addressed the importance of bearing witness to trauma and creating civically-engaged art.


Taylor Polites (LAS) was recognized with the 2018 Public Humanities Scholar Award from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities (RICH).


Charting a Course to Clean Energy

Visiting scholar Jesse Jenkins made a clear case for nuanced approaches to “decarbonizing” electricity production around the world.


Paola Demattè (HAVC) will serve as chief critic for both the fall and spring semester sessions of RISD in Rome.

Witness Tree 2018

Now in its ninth year, RISD’s Witness Tree Project—a cross-disciplinary studio course in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS)—continues to bring American history to life for students.

Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, the award-winning author and environmental activist gave an inspiring talk about contemplation, creative practice and activism as part of RISD’s Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI) initiative.


Suzanne Scanlan (HAVC) recently published her book, Divine and Demonic Imagery at Tor de’Specchi, 1400-1500: Religious Women and Art in 15th-Century Rome.


Josephine Sittenfeld‘s (HAVC) photo essay, Excavating My ’90s-Era Childhood Bedroom was recently featured in the New York Times.

Concentration Salon 2018

The Liberal Arts Division hosted its annual Cross-Concentration Salon on April 19th.


Leora Maltz-Leca (HAVC) has had her book, Wiliam Kentridge: Process as Metaphor & Other Doubtful Enterprises, published by the University of California Press.


Alexia Kosmider (LAS) recently had her documentary, TransJourney, shown on Rhode Island PBS.

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Pascale Rihouet (HAVC) presented her research at the conference on, Flags, Identity, Memory: Critiquing the Public Narrative through Color at the Université de Lille.


Agnieszka Taborska‘s (HAVC) essay “The Sea, or the Poet at Work” was chosen as one of the best texts from past issues of Asymptote.


Jung Joon Lee (HAVC) recently had her essay on photographs of Korean War orphans was published in, The Eye on War: Constructing the Memory of War in Visual Culture since 1914, edited by Ann Murray (2018).


Winnie Lambrecht (HAVC) recently reviewed, Popobawa: Tanzanian Talk, Global Misreadings, by Katrina Daly Thompson (Indiana University Press, 2017) in the Spring 2018 edition of the Journal of Folklore Research and International Journal of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) contributed two essays, Introduction and Bodily Aesthetics and the Cultivation of Moral Virtues, in New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics.

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Mary Bergstein (HAVC) delivered a lecture, in tandem with RISD Museum’s exhibition Lines of Thought, entitled “Introduction to Leonardo Drawings.”

Social and Cultural Life of Food Symposium 3 December

Jonathan Highfield (LAS) gave a presentation at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Food Security in Cape Town, South Africa on December 3rd. His talk, entitled “Food: The emptiness of displacement and the satiety of community” was part of a symposium on the social and cultural life of food.


Josephine Sittenfeld (HAVC) was recently featured in an article, The Hardest Working Women We Know, written by her sister, the novelist Curtis Sittenfeld.


Daniel Cavicchi (Associate Provost, Research|Global|Practice) published a dialogic essay, with Nina Baym and Norma Coates, entitled, Musical Fandom in the Digital Age: A Conversation, in The Routledge Companion to Media Fandom published in 2017.


Alexia Kosmider (LAS) won first prize in the James L. Seavor LGBTQ Screenplay Competition Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival for her script, Small Steps in Black Birkenstocks, which was co-authored with Marianne Messinawon.


Lucy Spelman (HPSS) moderated Science in the Studio, a RISD Weekend panel discussion sponsored by the Illustration department.

LA Grad Degrees

The new graduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, launching in the fall of 2018, are profiled on


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) has been invited to contribute an essay on everyday aesthetics to the fourth edition of Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts, which was recently published by Routledge.


Suzanne Scanlan (HAVC) presented a paper entitled, But Those Petticoats! Enterprising Women in Providence and the Rhode Island School of Design, at a conference called Influences and Expressions: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Providence, Newport and Environs in September.


Jung Joon Lee‘s (HAVC) article, 1984 A Camptown Story published in the August 2017 issue of photographies.

Schiff Drawings

Karen Schiff (HAVC) was recently featured in a group exhibition, Sites of Knowledge, at Jane Lombard Gallery. The exhibition included drawings from her Agnes Martin Obituary Project.


Marcin Gizycki’s (HAVC) film Theatrum Magicum has won the award for the best experimental short at Festival de Cine de Santa Cruz. The film will be shown at the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 12th at the Moses Brown School: Woodman Family Community and Performance Center at 12:10 PM.


Karen Schiff (HAVC) recently gave a lecture, Abstraction in the Public Sphere, at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Schiff has also published an essay, Consideration (As An Antidote to Critique), in the anthology Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction.


Yuriko Saito’s, (HPPS) Japanese Gardens: the Art of Improving Nature, is included in Japanese Environmental Philosophy, recently published by Oxford University Press edited by J. Baird Callicott and James McRae.


Leora Maltz-Leca (HAVC) recently gave three lectures in Newport on global contemporary art; chatted to Artscope about modernism, colonialism and Documenta 14; and joined Art Bulletin’s editorial board.


Mary Bergstein (HAVC) lectures at the University of Heidelberg Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and has work published.


Agnieszka Taborska (HAVC) recently had her book, The Unfinished Life of Phoebe Hicks, featured in the 10 Best Polish Books Coming Out in Translation This Year.


Ijlal Muzaffar (HAVC) was recently interviewed for the leading Pakistani weekly magazine, The News on Sunday (TNS).


Esther Thyssen (HAVC) has been awarded a Fulbright Grant for Spring 2018.


Dan Cavicchi’s (Dean, Liberal Arts) & Dale Broholm’s ‘Witness Tree Project’ course profiled on

RI Reslavery

A multi-site installation was the culmination of Rhode Island and the Rememory of Slavery, an interdisciplinary course led by Liberal Arts faculty members Sheida Soleimani and Elon Cook (HPSS)


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) was recently invited to speak at a symposium on The Aesthetics of Perfection and Imperfection held at The University of Tokyo.


Bolaji Campbell (HAVC) will be a guest speaker at Celebrating the Ancestors: EGUNGUN in the Afro-Atlantic World! presented by the Black Studies Program at The City College of New York.


Suzanne Scanlan (HVAC) awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) published in new anthology of cross-cultural aesthetics.


Damian White (HPSS) speaks about his research in Australia, Canada and the US.


Suzanne Scanlan (HAVC) publishes in the Journal of Early Modern Women.

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Article mention of Jonathan Highfields‘s (LAS) first year literature seminar’s narrative production, based on the book Juvie Talk.


Highlights from the 2017 Liberal Arts Cross-Concentration Salon.

Anderson Fullbright

Fulbright scholars & alumni enjoyed a talk by Fulbright-Freud Scholar Eric Anderson (HAVC) at the Sigmund Freud Museum.

Highfield Foodways

Jonathan Highfield (LAS) celebrates the release of his second book,  Food and Foodways in African Narratives: Community, Culture, and Heritage.

Ganguly Fellowship

Avishek Ganguly (LAS) begins Fellowship at the International Research Center at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

Soleimani Fellowship Award

Sheida Soleimani (HPSS) awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship by the Rhode Island Foundation.


Alexia Kosmider (LAS) will be serving on the documentaries jury at the Wicked Queer Film Festival.


Gloria-Jean Masciarotte (LAS) will take part in a panel discussion as part of the Trinity Repertory Company’s Great Writers Series on April 3rd.


Jonathan Highfield (LAS) has recently published an essay entitled, Food and Foodways in African Narratives, which was published in the edited volume Décentrement et travail de la culture (Decentralization and the Work of Culture).


Ijlal Muzaffar (HAVC) recently gave a lecture entitled, Boundary Games: Settling the Refugee, Claiming the Nation, at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore


Winnie Lambrecht’s (HPSS) film “Puppetry and Politics in 1939: The Vagabond Puppeteers” has been selected as a finalist in the Tribute Film Festival.


Marcin Gizycki’s (HAVC) film “Monument” recognized and new book “Cinema, Media, Art, Artists” published.

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Ijlal Muzaffar (HAVC) gave a talk at the Princeton School of Architecture entitled Historian and the Organism.


Winifred Lambrecht’s (HPSS) Wintersession travel/study course in Cuba was profiled on our.risd


RISD’s annual Wintersession Theater Production Workshop, taught by Fred Sullivan (LAS), culminated in a stage adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.


Eric Anderson (HAVC) participated in The Bauhaus and Modern Design Seminar at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou


Sheida Soleimani (HPSS) has a solo exhibition currently on view at the Edel Assanti gallery in London through February 18, 2017


Alero Akporiaye (HPSS) was profiled on


Damian White (HPSS) and Anne Tate’s course Rethinking Green Urbanism, was profiled in an article on Architecture Boston.


Students from Jonathan Highfield’s (LAS) first-year literature seminar presented narratives from the upcoming book Juvie Talk by photographer Richard Ross.


Damian White (HPSS) gave an invited paper entitled “Ecosocialisms: Past, Present and Futures” to the Department of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond and was a guest critic and speaker at a symposium on Geofuturism at VCU.


Agnieszka Taborska (HAVC) has published an essay in the bilingual (Polish and French) book Planet Topor: Abram, Roland, Nicolas.


Suzanne Scanlan (HAVC) recently gave a talk entitled, Angels and Demons: Images Made for Women in Fifteenth-Century Rome, at the Bard Microcollege in Holyoke, MA


Leora Maltz-Leca (HAVC) wrote an article in ArtForum remembering the life and contribution of the iconic Malian photographer Malick Sidibé.


Marcin Gizycki (HAVC) was selected as finalist in the Black Maria Film Festival.


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) gave a presentation entitled Everyday Aesthetics and the Beauty of Artifacts at the symposium Aesthetic Pleasure in Design held at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.


Critical Encounters: Academic Research: Mary Bergstein (HAVC) speaks on “Palmyra & Palmyra” & Gina Borromeo (HAVC & Curator for Ancient Arts, RISD Museum) shares her sabbatical research on unfinished ancient sculpture.


Nicole Merola’s (LAS) essay, Engaging the ‘Eaarth’: Teaching and making climate change cultures in an art and design context, was published in the new anthology, Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities.


Sheida Soleimani (HPSS) had her solo exhibition CIVIL LIBERTIES published as a Critics  Pick in Artforum.


Agnieszka Taborska (HAVC) has had excerpts from her book, Not a in Paradise, featured in Best European Fiction 2017


Yuriko Saito (HPSS) is  one of the 16 authors published in a new edited anthology entitled Body Aesthetics.


Tom Roberts (HPSS) receives the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities lifetime Achievement Award


Critical Encounters: Egúngún Masquerade Ensembles, Sunday 10/16, 2-3:30 pm, RISD Museum. Speakers include: Bolaji Campbell (HAVC), co-curator, professor and department head in RISD’s History of Art and Visual Culture.


Mary Bergstein’s (HAVC) latest book, In Looking Back, One Learns to See, reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.


Daniel Cavicchi’s (Dean, Liberal Arts) contributions toward the creation of two permanent exhibits for the Recording Academy’s new GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.