Past Events

Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, Sonya Clark

Beth Richie, University of Illinois, Chicago, Erica Meiners, Northeastern Illinois University, and Sonya Clark, Amherst College, Western Massachusetts, join us for a conversation on feminist―queer, anti-capitalist, grassroots, and women of color— organizing and abolition for the next Visualizing Abolition event.

Sanford Biggers is a Harlem-based artist whose work speaks to current social, political and economic happenings. For this Visualizing Abolition event, Biggers will be joined by visual culture theorist Leigh Raiford for a conversation about art, materiality, violence, and possibility.

Revolutionary Greetings! in Tim Young's cursive

The Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with ideas generated from the exhibition Barring Freedom. Sesnon Gallery Speak Up presents Revolutionary Greetings!, a series of events focused on letter writing and open discussion about connecting with people who are incarcerated.

Join us for the next conversation for Visualizing Abolition focusing on technology, surveillance, and contemporary art with American Artist, Ruha Benjamin, and Simone Browne. American Artist is a contemporary artist working in video, installation, new media, and writing to consider how structures of racism and labor intersect with networked life

Despite losing her shop and archive of books to the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in August, internationally renowned book artist Felicia Rice remains committed to creating works exploring and commenting on some of the most tangled issues of our time, from questions surrounding identity to the sustainability of our planet.

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences and The Humanities Institute are pleased to present a poetry reading and conversation with award-winning American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts and renowned social psychologist Craig Haney, moderated by Professor Gina Dent.

Visualizing Abolition continues with artist Maria Gaspar, professor of American Indian Studies Joanne Barker (Lenape, citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians), and professor and historian of race, policing, immigration, and incarceration Kelly Lytle Hernández.

Ken Gonzales-Day's interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. For Traction: Art Talk, Gonzales-Day will be joined in conversation by Professor Karolina Karlic.

Revolutionary Greetings! in Tim Young's cursive

The Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with ideas generated from the exhibition Barring Freedom. Sesnon Gallery Speak Up presents Revolutionary Greetings!, a series of events focused on letter writing and open discussion about connecting with people who are incarcerated.

Detail from Undoing Time/PLEDGE, Sharon Daniel

Join us for the next event in Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series, featuring a discussion with Professor Sharon Daniel currently in Barring Freedom on view at the San José Museum of Art.