Concrete is the second most consumed material on earth after water, yet few of us know what it is, where it comes from, and who makes it. Join Vyta Pivo and Parish Conkling in a conversation that examines the material’s fascinating history in the United States, from its origins in the Lehigh Valley, PA, its […]Read more "The Concrete Age: Materials and the Crisis of Capitalism"
Join philosophy professor Vera Albrecht and interdisciplinary artist activist Courtney Frances Fallon as they discuss what defines art/Art from a social, political, and metaphysical standpoint. Professor Albrecht and Courtney will then investigate these abstract concepts in the context of CFF’s 2017 protest project “Draw The Blue Line” – a multi-discipline art action about climate change […]Read more "The Line Between Art/art: A Hands-on Exploration of Abstract Thought"
Philosopher Leslie A. Aarons and artist Julia Barbosa Landois discuss the importance of empathy in environmentalism and activism through the reading of The Sense of Wonder: A Celebration of Nature for Parents and Children written by marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson. The little-known text that was published posthumously, contains journal entries from Carson’s nature […]Read more "Pathways to Wonder"
Please join Dr. James Ball (Texas A&M University), Jennifer Mabus (University of St. Thomas), and Melissa Noble (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts) as they discuss performance and its overlap with politics in the institutional setting. An emphasis will be placed on the unique opportunities and obstacles that institutions face when tackling political themes. […]Read more "“Remember to React” : Performance Practices, Politics, and the Institution"
Join artist-scholar Isa Fontbona and scholar Camilla Cannon in a conversation about Fontbona’s recent piece, “Corporeal Cartographies of Vulnerability.” For this work, Fontbona solicited messages from people all over the world asking them to describe discriminatory experiences. She displayed these messages on her near-naked body in a 10-hour live-streamed performance. Building on Fontbona’s piece, Fontbona […]Read more "Brought to Light: Vulnerability and Transparency in the Surveillance Age"
Join artist/theorist Maria Cecilia Azar and dance artist Miranda Zapata in their discussion and participatory guided meditation on the process and importance of reclaiming and honoring stories in art and writing. Maria and Miranda share how they implement decolonizing creative practices in academic and non-academic projects. Central to their discussion is a conversation about representations […]Read more "Moving Structures: Reclaiming Stories in Art and Writing"
Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action will be held from 9 – 11 April 2020 in Houston, Texas. Performances, presentations, workshops, panels, and visual art will be key parts of this multi-day conference that seeks to develop new, collaborative ways to renew and engage communities.Read more "Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action"
Pleased that Julia Claire Wallace and I will be performing “Women of a Certain Age III” at Vanishing Festival in New Orleans on November 23, 2019.Read more "“Women of a Certain Age III” at Vanishing Festival"
“Tea Toss for Political Favors,” a participatory work that pulverizes public space through a political carnival will be part of Performance Art Houston’s Performance Art Houston – Election Edition. The game starts at 8:00 pmRead more "“Tea Toss for Political Favors” at Performance Art Houston – Election Edition"
“Tea Toss for Political Favors,” a participatory work that explores the destruction of civility in public discourse, will debut at stARTup Fair (Hotel Icon, Houston, Texas) on October 12th. Using “tea” as a jumping off point, this work juxtaposes the ritual of afternoon tea with its use as a metaphor in politics. From the Boston […]Read more "“Tea Toss for Political Favors” at stARTup Houston Art Fair"
Parish Conkling, instructor and program director of Houston Community College’s Philosophy department, and Jeanette Joy Harris were interviewed by Francois Pointeau, host of “Radar Talk Intimate” podcast. They discussed their upcoming 2020 conference, Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action and the ways in which philosophy and art can work together to reconfigure political space.Read more "“Revolution!” Conference highlighted on Radar Talk Intimate Podcast"
June 14, 2019: Jeanette Joy Harris presented, “Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action,” at the Frontiers of Democracy conference sponsored by the American Political Science Association & Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University.Read more "Revolution! Conference at “Frontiers of Democracy” Conference at Tufts University"