Decentering the Canon Recording Available

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The recording is now available with some simple navigation so that you could go to the first topic, the second topic, the Q&A, or just start from the beginning.

Additionally, Ricker has put together a quick bibliography of resources brought up during the panel, by the discussants, audience members in the Q&A, and what have been submitted since in the survey. Please provide comments and suggestions! deliberately to ask for your comments and further suggestions in this at least somewhat collaborative format. Lastly, a post-event survey is available to collect feedback.

Decentering the Canon in the Architectural Library event

Decentering the Canon in the Architectural Library graphic

Please join us for a panel discussion on decentering the canon in the architectural library. The library collects materials that have filtered through such canonizing forces as higher education and the publishing ecosystem. Can the library broaden the canon, or does it merely reinforce it? What critical interventions might we make to resist our canonizing tendencies, for today and or tomorrow?

Our panelists include expertise from a broad range of disciplines within architecture, including architectural history, museums, and practice:

  • Charles L. Davis II, Assistant Professor of Architecture History and Criticism, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Aneesha Dharwadker, Assistant Professor Illinois School of Architecture + Department of Landscape Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Leila Anna Wahba, Deputy Director & Culture Curator, Architecture + Design Museum, Los Angeles

The panel will be moderated by Soumya Dasgupta, PhD. candidate in Architecture (History and Theory) in the Illinois School of Architecture, and Emilee Mathews, Head of Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This event is hosted by the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art in partnership with the Illinois School of Architecture; funding is provided by the University of Illinois Library Innovation Fund and co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute.

Register here for the event: https://bit.ly/37GmuQj

Anti-Racist Action Plan, Update #2

We’ve created an Anti-Racist Action Plan to guide our objectives and hold ourselves accountable. As part of that, we are providing regular updates on our progress, and here’s the second update:

 

#1: Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion lie at the heart of all that we do.

  • All new hires, including faculty, academic professionals, graduate, and undergraduate employees have position requirements that outline a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion – DONE
  • We are working on incorporating this commitment into existing job descriptions – IN PROGRESS
  • We will work towards hiring BIPOC employees, particularly when full-time, permanent positions open – IN PROGRESS. We have a fulltime position for a Visiting Design and Materials Research Librarian opening soon. The search committee has been formulated, and we are working on identifying and implementing best practices in recruiting and hiring diverse individuals for the position.

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Bridget R. Cooks Lecture

 

Modern Art Colloquium and Ricker Library present:

 

Xaviera Simmons, High Seasoned Brown, 2004
Xaviera Simmons, High Seasoned Brown, 2004

Contemporary Landscape Photography and the Black Female Figure

Wednesday, September 9 @ 5:30pm CT
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/kM5QUHnizfRWf4NX9

a lecture by

PROFESSOR BRIDGET COOKS

University of California, Irvine

 

More about Dr. Cooks:

Portrait of Bridget R. Cooks
Portrait of Bridget R. Cooks

Bridget R. Cooks is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on African American artists, Black visual culture, and museum criticism. Cooks has worked in museum education and has curated several exhibitions including, Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California, (2018) (Pasadena Museum of California Art); and Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective at the California African American Museum (2019), and the forthcoming exhibition The Black Index.

She is author of the book Some of her other publications can be found in Afterall, Afterimage, American Studies, Aperture, and American Quarterly. She is currently completing her next book titled, Norman Rockwell: The Civil Rights Paintings.

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Anti-Racist Action Plan, Update #1

We’ve created an Anti-Racist Action Plan to guide our objectives and hold ourselves accountable. As part of that, we are providing regular updates on our progress, and here’s the first update:

 

#1: Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion lie at the heart of all that we do.

  • All new hires, including faculty, academic professionals, graduate, and undergraduate employees have position requirements that outline a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion – DONE
  • We are working on incorporating this commitment into existing job descriptions – IN PROGRESS
  • We will work towards hiring BIPOC employees, particularly when full-time, permanent positions open – NOT YET STARTED. The university is in a hiring slow down. Once our next position is open, we will track progress.

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