RECEPTION January 19, 6-8PM, REMARKS 7PM
Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-8PM for the opening reception for In the absence of sight, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto at (SCENE) Metrospace. Opening Remarks will be offerd at 7PM.
In the absence of sight is a new body of work that draws on the erasures of Pilipinx people by American occupiers during the era of US colonialism in the early 1900s. Through an investigation of American archival photographs, postcards, and images housed in various collections in Michigan and Washington DC, this work reimagines erasure as an opening to speculate other forms of presence. While early depictions and characterizations of the Philippines projected a “savage” people “unfit for self-government”, US colonial officers, journalists, and writers used images of Indigenous Pilipinx people as a mechanism of persuasion to justify their sustained occupation to the American public. Though visual abjection often manifested in images of Pilipinx people either dead or in captivity persisting over three decades, this intervention draws on Pilipinx mythology of the Aswang, a shape shifting ghost-like spirit that wreaks havoc on its targets and their communities. In positioning Indigenous and mestizx resistance to US occupation as a metaphorical permutation of the Aswang, this work foregrounds Pilipinx sovereignty as a way to begin to challenge the formations of representation by the American colonial political agenda.
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception
A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.
JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM
Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.
Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.
Professor Lauren Bialystok, Department of Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
‘My Child, My Choice’? Parents’ Identity Claims and the Challenge of Sexuality Education
Many claims for recognition and special treatment take the form of asserting an identity and insisting that it imposes ethical obligations on others (“I am x, therefore you must y”). Claims of sexual identity are paradigmatically of this form: being gay or being gender non-binary, for example, entail certain treatment or non-interference by others because of their inviolability as identities. Parents who oppose progressive sexuality education are increasingly articulating their objections in an analogous form, i.e. in virtue of their identity as parents. But what kind of an identity is “parent”? By considering authority over sexuality education in terms of these identity dynamics (as opposed to, say, parental rights), I show that educational ethics demand a deeper account of what identity is and whose identities matter.
This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.
Professor Mark Navin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oakland University
What’s the point of Michigan’s vaccine waiver education requirement?
Professor Kelly Parker, Department of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University
Philosophizing for Catastrophe: Resilience and the Limits of Sustainability
Environmental philosophers have recently begun to consider “resilience”–alongside or even instead of “sustainability”–as a central normative concept. This seems to reflect a recognition of indeterminate catastrophe as a certainty that people will face, as well as a change in our general expectations about how to manage the effects of catastrophe. Part 1 of this presentation provides an overview of several varieties of resilience, their relation to aspects of sustainability, and raises cautions about this shift in attention. Part 2 explores the role of philosophy in preparing for catastrophe. On the more abstract side, philosophy may provide some appropriate perspective on catastrophes; on the practical side, developing education and development strategies to build capacity for resilience in communities is a needed philosophical project. The presentation concludes with examples of such local, community engaged, collaborative, and transdisciplinary philosophical projects for developing community resilience.
The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
Presented by Justus Nieland
Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called “the Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money — resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.
This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.
Professor Marleen Eijkholt, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Pain but No Gain: Pain as a Problematic and Useless Concept?
References to the human experience of “pain” are common, but those references are often ambiguous and vague. Such ambiguity creates conceptual and practical challenges, especially in the work of clinical ethics consultation. While pain is a relevant clinical problem, it is also a social construct shaped by culture, environment, and gender. These distinctions however get lost in a simple “pain” reference. With several clinical ethics scenarios, Dr. Eijkholt will ask if references to pain help us with anything, or if we should perhaps abandon pain as a “useless concept.”
Featuring Dr. Ridley
Dr. Ridley will reflect on the interconnections and long history of jazz music and protest. In particular, he will examine the many connections between jazz and protest during the Civil Rights movement, and will talk about his collaborations with musicians committed to African American freedom and American democracy. Dr. Ridley will also discuss his role as an educator and the benefits of jazz education to the arts and American society.
Professor Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS) & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Leibniz Universität Hannover
How far do evolutionary explanations reach?
The notion of evolution is often used in an overly loose sense. Besides biological evolution, there i stalk of the evolution of societies, cities, languages, firms, industries, economies, technical artifacts, car models, clothing fashions, science, the universe, and so on. While in some cases the no%on of evolution is used in a metaphorical way, in other cases it is meant more literally. But exactly how much can be explained by applying an evolutionary framework to cases outside the biological realm? Can applications of evolutionary theory outside biology have a similar explanatory force as in biology? Proponents of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” think it can. I will critically examine this view by treating it as a ques%on about the metaphysics of evolutionary phenomena: To what extent do such different processes of change instan%ate the same kind of process? I will explore this question by looking at some of the conceptual requirements for generalized versions of evolutionary theory to have explanatory force in a particular domain of investigation. Because having good explanations of phenomena under study is crucial for our ability to predict and control them, this is not merely an issue of theoretical interest in the philosophy of science – it has real consequences for society and human life too.