Social Justice Week 2018

An extraordinary week dedicated to social activism and the arts. The work of Ai Weiwei will be on view in our gallery, and his visit will include a conversation and screening of Human Flow, his documentary on the global refugee crisis. The week includes workshops by writers and artists whose work focuses on social and political issues, including the environment, climate change, gun violence, racial violence, police brutality, violence against women, racial equity, homophobia, and immigration, all through the lens of creative action. Evening events include a keynote address, faculty readings and artist talks, and student readings and open studios.

 

SPECIAL GUEST

AI WEIWEI

A cultural figure of international renown, Ai Weiwei is an activist, architect, curator, filmmaker, and China's most famous artist. As a political activist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. In 2011, he was arrested for 81 days without any official charges being filed. Since his release, he’s channeled much of his experience into work that explores our humanity and responsibilities as societal spectators.

Details of events featuring Ai Weiwiei and his work coming soon.

 

KEYNOTE

MASHA GESSEN

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 7PM
Stanley Kunitz Common Room

Masha Gessen is a staff writer at the 
New Yorker and the author of several books, including, The Future is History (Riverhead/Penguin Random House), winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.

Keynote is free for students attending a workshop this week.
Tickets for the general public will be available at the door. 



WRITING FACULTY

MARTHA COLLINS

BEYOND THE LYRICAL “I”: USING DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH IN POEMS EXPLORING POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES

Admit One: An American Scrapbook
“An unflinching look at the underpinnings of [scientific] racism in the U.S.” ALA Booklist

 
ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING

WRITING AN ESSAY, PLANTING A TREE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit 
“Eloquent, sensitive and astute.” Kirkus Review

 
 

LACY M. JOHNSON

WRITING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: A CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP

The Reckonings (Forthcoming)
A compassionate exploration into what it means to understand and forgive.

 
 

MICHAEL PATRICK MACDONALD

TRANSFORMATIVE MEMOIR WRITING: A WORKSHOP

All Souls: A Family Story From Southie
“The tale of a journey that is as inspiring as it is haunting.” Publishers Weekly

 

AJA MONET

VOICES: POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE

My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter 
“…Expands our capacity to envision and fight for new worlds.” Angela Y. Davis

 

SARAH SCHULMAN

WITNESS, EXPRESS, AND REPRESENT: A PROSE WORKSHOP

Conflict is Not Abuse 
“[This book] is a balm against comforting explanations for violence and abuse.” Village Voice

 

MARCUS WICKER

THE POLITICS OF PLAY: A POETRY WORKSHOP

Silencer 
“Silencer is a force to be reckoned with.” The Paris Review, Staff Pick

 

 

VISUAL ARTS FACULTY

DANIEL HEYMAN

THE ART OF RESISTANCE: GET ON BOARD! MAKING ACTIVIST POSTERS USING WOODBLOCK PRINTING

Guggenheim award-winning printmaker whose recent work includes a series of woodblocks portraying contemporary Native American life in North Dakota

 

LAUREN EWING

SEA LEVEL RISE: AN INSTALLATION WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Internationally renowned and awarded installation artist whose recent work was part of the Amsterdam Light Festival’s Water Exhibition