Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice

Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,” a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest.

Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice was conceived by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and professor of art at Vanderbilt, and its first webinar theme will be “Redefining Monuments” Sept. 23 and 30. 

“Throughout history, art has always served as an agent for social change,” said Campos-Pons, a renowned artist whose work often draws upon themes from her native Cuba. “With the Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, we hope to promote positive values of inclusivity that honor the suffering and struggle of our forebears while sparking dialogue and understanding.”

Read more about the webinars here.  Doris Sommer, director of the Cultural Agents Initiative and Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will be speaking at the Oct. 21st webinar on "Performativity and the Social Body."

The webinars are free and open to the public. Registration is currently available for Episode 1, and links for subsequent episodes will be posted soon. 

Read more about EADJ here.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, The One that Carried the Fire, 2011, mixed media