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Campus Visits

Ken Ono Portrait

Ken Ono, November 10-11, 2022

Ken Ono is the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Virginia and former Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. He holds two endowed professorships; he is the Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics, and the Marvin Rosenblum Professor of Mathematics.  He is presently the Chair of Mathematics in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a film producer and member of the board of the Infinity Arts Foundation.

Public Lecture: Why does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” matter?

6:00-7:00pm, Williams-Brice (Nursing) 231

Reception to follow

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Department of Mathematics

School of Visual Art and Design

Film and Media Studies

Media Arts

College of Arts and Sciences

South Carolina Honors College


Gabrielle Foreman Portrait

Gabrielle Foreman, February 23, 2023

Gabrielle Foreman holds the Paterno Chair of Liberal Arts and is Professor of English, African American Studies, and History at Penn State University. Professor Foreman is a poet's daughter and interdisciplinary scholar raised between the South Side of Chicago and Venice Beach, California. She is the founding faculty director of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project which is housed in Penn State's Center for Digital Black Research/#DigBlk, which she launched and co-directs with Shirley Moody-Turner. #DigBlk is made up of undergraduate researchers, graduate student leaders, librarians, satellite faculty, and arts and community partners who bring the buried history of early Black organizing to digital life. Dr. Foreman was recently announced as a 2022 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

Public Lecture: His Page Was Clay: How an Enslaved Potter and Poet Became a Museum Superstar

6:00pm, McKissick Museum



Past Visits

Adriana Zavala

Adriana Zavala, February 24-25, 2022

Adriana Zavala is a jointly appointed Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.


1:15-2:30: Visit to ARTH class "Twentieth Century Art: Art and Justice in the 20th Century" (McMaster 214)
“Latinx Art, History, and Institutions”
In this workshop, I introduce students to some of my favorite contemporary artists. We explore their cultural background and art, while also discussing Latinx art’s cultural and political specificity and its flux in history and in relation to other art historical categories like “American” art or “Latin American” art, as well as more specific group identities like Chicana/o/x, Diasporican, Cuban-American, etc.

4:30-5:45: Public lecture: “Of bodies and borders”, McKissick Museum Theater
This lecture examines works by Latin American-descended visual artists living in the United States, that is to say Latinx artists, whose lives have been marked by and whose works explore the violence of colonialism, empire, and the ongoing politicization of borders. Through a reading of art works by Adriana Corral, Teresita Fernández, Guadalupe Maravilla, Carlos Martiel, Sandy Rodriguez, and Juan Sánchez, I explore how racialization as a violent form of social differentiation cannot be separated from the critical study of geopolitical power. As a scholar of both Mexican and U.S. Latinx art and visual culture, I will address the necessity of intersectional scholarship and praxis, and the importance of generosity, care, and witnessing in these troubled times. *Note: because of the topic of this lecture, some of the works presented can be challenging for some audiences.

9:40-10:30am: Visit to GEOG 210 class “People, Places, and Environment” (Callcott 011)
“Resurrecting Mexico-Tenochtitlan, 1521-2021”
Modern-day Mexico City sits atop the ruins of the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlan, which was founded in 1325, overthrown by Spanish invaders in 1521 and demolished in 1523. While fragments, or spolia, of Tenochtitlan’s physical remains had been present within the city’s urban fabric since the sixteenth century, new archaeological findings at the turn of the 20th century—such as the definitive identification of the site of great teocalli (temple pyramid), captivated the minds and imaginations of some of the country’s most prominent nationalist thinkers from author and statesman Alfonso Reyes, to anthropologist Manuel Gamio, architect Ignacio Marquina, and visual artists Diego Rivera and Juan O’Gorman. This lecture will explore key moments and articulations of the modern “resurrection” of Tenochtitlan and will invite the public to reflect on what lessons the 2021 quincentennial of Tenochtitlan’s capture and destruction offer for us today.

Noon: Lunch and Q&A at Carolina International House at Maxcy College (advance registration required)
Talk and Q&A on Frida Kahlo’s Creativity: Staging Art, Staging Life 
In this lecture I explore Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s creativity in the context of the cultural renaissance that followed the Mexican Revolution. Springing from the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life, which I curated at the New York Botanical Garden (2015), I offer a close examination of several of the artist’s most important paintings to explain how Kahlo’s self-adornment and the artful arrangement of her home and garden were equally important modes of creative expression. The presentation concludes by touching upon the ways that other artists, ranging from Diego Rivera to photographers like Nickolas Muray and Lola Álvarez Bravo, collaborated with Kahlo to facilitate the promotion of her art, her cultural politics, and her image.


Fall 2018 - Judith Carney
Fall 2016 - Rolena Adorno
Fall 2012 - Diana Taylor

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