Vision & Justice Conference

Goal 2, Goal 3 & Goal 4

What is it?

“Vision & Justice” conference, a two-day, public event was a “creative convening (April 25-26, 2019) that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.” The event was hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, with major funding from the Ford Foundation, and cosponsored by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Harvard Art Museums, and the A.R.T.  

What goal(s) does it connect to?  

Goal 2: Academic, Professional, and Social Integration

  • Goal 2.3 Collaboration and teamwork

Goal 3: Union of Academic Freedom and Culture of Mutual Respect and Concern

  • Goal 3.3: Time and space for difficult conversations

Goal 4: Inclusive Values, Symbols, and Spaces

  • Goal 4.1: Community

Why is it important?

This gathering was an example of how to effectively implement a cross-unit/school conference that addresses challenges faced university-wide. It provided:

  • Time and space for difficult conversations
  • Inclusion of different important actors at Harvard and non-Harvard actors: Ava DuVernay, Henri Louis Gates Jr., Carrie Mae Weems, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Diane Paulus, Bradford Young, Bryan Stevenson, Chelsea Clinton

A link between different discriminatory cases or instances: Central Park Five, Flint Michigan Water Crisis, the role of the theater, etc

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