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CANCELED: Seeing, Drawing, Silence

Time: March 30, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled in response to emerging COVID-19 precautions and advisories. We hope to reschedule this lecture in Fall '20.


Bradford C. Grant (Howard University)

In this public presentation, Grant calls upon his experience as professor of Architecture and former president of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society to explore and discuss the way that drawing is not only a visual means of describing and communicating but is also a foundation to seeing the world and oneself as a way of mindfulness and reflection. Seeing the world honestly is far more than just looking at the world. The presentation centers on how Seeing is enhanced by drawing, how Drawing awakens understanding and spikes the imagination of Silence as the sound of seeing. Grant links Seeing, Drawing, Silence to self-awareness, and transformational personal and social change.

Additional supporters:

  • Center for Learning and Student Success
  • Falk College
  • Vice President for the Student Experience, Robert Hradsky
  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • Diversity Office
  • Student-Athlete Academic Support
  • School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • The Contemplative Collaborative

Bio: Bradford C. Grant is a Professor of Architecture in the Department of Architecture of the College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University, Washington DC. He has been in leadership roles at Hampton and Howard Universities as Chairperson, Director, Associate Dean and Interim Dean. As a registered architect and educator he has extensive experience in community design and contemplative practices in design education. Grant is past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), a former board member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), past chair of the Humanities DC and the current board president of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

Grant holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and the undergraduate first professional degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Margaret Usdansky, Center for Learning and Student Success