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Public Events 

The Research and Academic Program organizes a variety of scholarly events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. These events include lectures by our fellows in residence, talks by invited scholars, curatorial roundtables, and other special events, in addition to the biannual Clark Conference.


February 7, 2023—Like Trees with Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University / Clark/Oakley Humanities Fellow)

February 9, 2023—Artist Talk on Intersections of Sound, Sculpture, and Theater with Sergei Tcherepnin (Bennington College)

February 21, 2023—Thinking Species with Shawn Michelle Smith (School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Critical Race Theory and Visual Culture Fellow)

April 4, 2023—Ancient and Modern ‘Body Worlds’ in Description de l'Égypte with Kathryn Howley (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU / Beinecke Fellow)

April 11, 2023—Invisible Hands: Islamic Ceramics and the Colonial Art Market with Margaret S. Graves (Indiana University / Florence Gould Foundation Fellow)

April 14, 2023—Displacement and the Opaque in Francophone African Modern Art with Joshua I. Cohen (City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center)

April 18, 2023—Sehwan's Noise Field: Of Women's Densities, Intensities, Entanglements and Cacophonies with Shundana Yusaf (University of Utah / The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation Fellow)

April 25, 2023—Darkness at the Limits of the Visible: Norman Lewis, Roy DeCarava, and Black Abstraction in the 1950s with Kobena Mercer (Bard College / Clark Professor, 2022–23)

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RAP also organizes and invites proposals for year-round scholarly colloquia and exhibition concept workshops. These more intimate, semi-private convenings allow for sustained inquiry into a particular subject or theme. You may find more information about how to propose a scholarly convenings here.