Thursday, February 17
7:00 p.m -Register Here-
Michael Lawrence-Riddell is an award-winning public educator from western Massachusetts with twenty years of classroom experience. Inspired by his African-American Studies major at Wesleyan University, his work as a teacher of American History I, and his continued witnessing of the failures of our nation to truly reckon with the racial inequities present in history and our contemporary society, he conceived Self Evident Education. Michael wanted to teach the history of this nation through a lens of the creation of power and race as a tool of power. He also wanted to communicate to students in the cultural language that they understand: a multimedia lexicon. When, in his professional work, he found these materials did not exist in a high-quality and effective form, he set out to create them.
Bayeté Ross Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, filmmaker and educator who works at the intersection of photography, film & video, visual journalism, 3D objects and new media. He lives in Harlem, New York. Columbia Law School’s inaugural Artist-In-Residence, he has received many awards and fellowships for his artistry.
His work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally in numerous locales and also created a series of public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Amistad Center, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks
In addition to his creative work in art and media, Bayeté helped launch and continues to work with the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school- based violence prevention organization in Brooklyn NY that partners with Kings County Hospital. He is also a faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.