Un/Doing Event Series
FALL 2022 EVENTS
“Un/Doing” is the research theme for HRI's 2022–23 Campus Fellows and also informed the selection of a slate of speakers under the same name. This year’s theme grew out of conversations with faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies and African American Studies, and much of the programming has been curated by Professors Jenny Davis (American Indian Studies) and Mimi Thi Nguyen (Gender and Women’s Studies). We hope to see you at these and other HRI events this year!
October 6, 7:30 p.m. Central
Presentation-performance: “I am the trans bride: Affection, seduction and radical tenderness to combat transphobia and pain”
Lia García is a Mexico City-based performance artist, activist, and educator whose work has been featured at the Annual Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance at NYU, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other universities and cultural centers across the Americas and Europe. Her work incorporates transfeminist critical pedagogies, trans*ness, activism through her method of encuentros afectivos, affective encounters. Location: Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor.
October 10, 4:00 p.m. Central
Join us for an Indigenous People's Day Conversation with Jacki Rand (Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs, American Indian Studies, pictured left) and Mimi Thi Nguyen (Gender & Women's Studies), moderated by Jenny L. Davis (American Indian Studies, Anthropology). Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 210
October 13, 7:30 p.m. Central
Drawing on her research on slavery at the University of Alabama, Hilary N. Green explores the need for recovering and untangling institutional campus histories of race and slavery and how understanding the enslaved campus experience is essential for institutional reconciliation efforts in the present. Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 422
November 29, 2022
Un/Doing Work-In: For faculty members in Ethnic and Gender and Women’s Studies
SPRING 2023 EVENTS
February 9, 4:00 p.m. Central
This seminar with curator, writer, and Ethnic Studies scholar Dr. Thea Quiray Tagle (Brown University) will cover different models of working with BIPOC visual artists that challenge the alienating norms behind much art historical scholarship and curatorial practice. Beginning from a case study of curating AFTER LIFE (we survive)—a group show featuring minoritarian artists dealing with different forms of slow violence and climate collapse—during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Quiray Tagle forwards an ethical practice of collaboration between scholars and artists that she dubs "relational curation." Relational curation is grounded in principles of right relation, reciprocity, and accountability, and directly draws from Black feminist thought, Indigenous Studies, and other queer and feminist Ethnic Studies theorists. By thinking together in this seminar, we will dream and discuss ways of working relationally with others, in order to disrupt who and what scholarship, art exhibitions, and art itself are for. Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 108
February 23, 7:30 p.m. Central
Join us for a reading by UIUC Professor David Wright Faladé (Creative Writing Program, Department of English)
March 9, 7:30 p.m. Central
Speaker: Alaina E. Roberts (History, University of Pittsburgh) Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 422 Presented with the Department of History
March 30, 4:00 p.m. Central
Speaker: Tarren Andrews (Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University) Location: Levis Faculty Center, Room 108 Co-hosted by the American Indian Studies Program.
Nikki Finney Residency
We are excited to welcome Nikky Finney (John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters, University of South Carolina) for a series of events in April!
Wednesday, April 19
12:00 p.m. Central: Inside Scoop Lunch Talk
Hosted at, and cosponsored by, the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center.
7:30 p.m. Central: Culture Talk: Nikky Finney and Ruth Nicole Brown
Nikky Finney and Ruth Nicole Brown (African American Studies, Michigan State University and Founder, Saving Our Lives, Hearing Our Truths - SOLHOT) in conversation. Cosponsored by the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Center for Advanced Study, and HRI.
Thursday, April 20
7:30 p.m. Central: Public Reading and Book Signing
Location: Alice Campbell Alumni Center