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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Positive Change

The Kress Foundation Department of Art History is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, accessible and inclusive community of students, teachers, and scholars. Through courses and research exploring cultural traditions from across the globe and spanning history, we aim to illuminate the rich diversity of human expression and experience and to foster appreciation for our common humanity. As we strive to move beyond a past built on racism, prejudice and systemic oppression, we pledge to do more to understand the historical forces that have created and perpetuate inequality, to advance anti-racism in our classrooms and within our community, and to build a truly inclusive art history. To that end, we will work to further diversify our courses and our curriculum; ensure that all students feel welcome in our classes regardless of their background, experiences, abilities and identities; and increase the diversity of our faculty and graduate student body. We are also proud to announce a lecture series for the 2020-21 academic year, "Intersections of Identity: Expression, Exchange, and Hybridity." This series aims to demonstrate how art history’s critical investigation of the past – and contemporary artists’ grappling with challenges of the present – can help us to recognize, analyze, and combat racism and inequality, affirming our discipline’s value in the ongoing struggle to create a more just and equitable society.


Announcing the 2020-21 Murphy Lecture Series:

Intersections of Identity: Expression, Exchange, and Hybridity

What constitutes identity, and how do people navigate, form, and reform their sense of self? And how can the study of art and its history help us to consider the diverse identities expressed by visual culture and its creators? This series seeks to amplify the voices of scholars and artists whose work explores individual and collective identities as those intersect with notions of the body, dis/ability, gender, heritage, and race.

The series is sponsored by the Franklin Murphy Lecture Fund of the Kress Foundation Department of Art History. It is presented in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, KU Department of Visual Art, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Public Library, Raven Bookstore, BLACK Lawrence, and other community partners.

Scheduled Speakers:

Norman Akers, Associate Professor of Visual Art, University of Kansas
Thursday, September 24 at 7pm Central on YouTube:
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M. Carmen Lane, Cleveland-based artist, writer, and director of the ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership
Thursday, October 29 at 7pm Central on YouTube:
KU Art History Channel

Dipti Khera, Assistant Professor of Art History, NYU
Spring 2021

Kimberly M. Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Fashion Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto
Spring 2021

Keri Watson, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Central Florida, and Director of the Florida Prison Education Project
Spring 2021


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