Past Events

Join us for live, online LASER Talks with UC Santa Cruz Dean of the Humanities Jasmine Alinder, historian of photography, and Dean of the Social Sciences Katharyne Mitchell, geographer and migration specialist. Touching on far-reaching subjects including the role of imagery in anti-Asian racism in the United States and the mobilization of church congregations responding to the migration crisis in Europe, the event will begin with presentations by the scholars, followed by a Q&A.

Visualizing Abolition is pleased to present Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary, a discussion with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and artist and activist Maxwell Addae.

Visualizing Abolition presents artist Ashley Hunt in conversation with MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, Alberto Lule, Ryan Flaco Rising, and Rodrigo Vazquez of the Underground Scholars Initiative.

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.