Dr. Marit Dewhurst, director of art education at The City College of New York, is a proponent of using art as a tool for social change. That is the subject of her talk in City College’s first “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement” seminar of the new academic year on Thursday, Sept. 3. The seminar, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Sciame Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
An assistant professor in CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts, Dewhurst will expound on the ideas she raises in her latest book, “Social Justice Art: A Framework for Activist Art Pedagogy” (Harvard Education Press, 2014).
The other speakers and their topics in this year’s Presidential Conversations series are:
- Dr. Nancy Sohler, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, “Empowering Future Healthcare Providers in Haiti: Medicine, Education, and Research” (Thursday, Oct. 15);
- Dr. Kathlene McDonald, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, “From Chaos to Advocacy: End-of-Life Care, Narrative, and Social Change,” (Thursday, Nov. 19);
- Dr. Alessandra Benedicty, Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, “Is Engagement in Postcolonial Scholarship Activism?” (Thursday, Feb. 4);
- Dr. Beth Wittig, Grove School of Engineering, “Public Engagement through Engineers Without Borders: Rewards and Challenges” (Thursday, Mar. 10); and;
- Dr. Beth Baron, Division of Humanities and the Arts, “Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood,” (Thursday, April 21).
Inaugurated in 2014, “Presidential Conversations” is a forum that features City College faculty sharing their research and creative scholarship with CCNY President Lisa S. Coico.
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Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.