November 6th: Critical Literacy, Public Speaking, Microutopias, and Installations

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

On Thursday we had the official unveiling of the Center's wall at the New Bedford Art Museum! We opened with the Social Justice Hero Portrait project, and Mark Kayanja who inspired the installation gave a very moving speech about why he thinks people who do social justice work are important.

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

We just released our second newsletter!

We just released our second newsletter!

As part of the Fine Art Faculty Show on main campus, I created this installation about being present in the moment. It comes from a much larger body of work which includes all kinds of documents of my life. This excerpt is called Part II 2006-2013: Times when the people are absent, actually when I was the absent person. Thanks to the gallery attendents for helping to recoil the rope after people check-out the binoculars.