Rowan Ricardo Phillips hosts talk with writers about freedom and democracy

Last Wednesday, Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies Rowan Ricardo Phillips hosted an event entitled “Silent Poems, Talking Pictures, and the Infinite Playlist.” Also speaking were fellow award-winning artists Teju Cole — novelist, photographer, critic, curator, and author of five books — and Ishion Hutchinson — Cornell professor, journal editor, and author of two poetry collections. The three read their pieces and discussed poetry as a tool for better understanding race and democracy.

“Landmarks” explores photography in a postmodern world

Horace Ballard, Curator of American Art at WCMA, questions the past and modernity’s relationship with the natural world in “Landmarks.” Photo courtesy of Birmingham Museum of Art. Horace Ballard is the curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and is the creator of the “Landmarks” exhibition. 

Michael Gibson-Prugh (MGP): Hi, Horace — let’s get right into it.