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Drawing Repurposed: Sketching a Path to Self-Reflection and Social Justice

Time: April 12, 2022, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: 114 Bird Library; Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Bradford C. Grant (Howard University)

In this public lecture hosted by Academic Affairs, Grant invites participants to re-envision the nature and purpose of drawing. Grant shifts away from drawing’s conventional focus on output and artistic expression and toward a broader exploration of drawing as a means to seeing ourselves and our world more clearly. A past president of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Grant offers us the opportunity to (re)discover drawing as a route to mindfulness, reflection, and transformational personal and social change in an era of vast inequalities.

We request that all participants wear masks in the event space.

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Additional supporters:

  • The Lender Center for Social Justice
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • Contemplative Collaborative
  • Student Association
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Stevenson Educational Center for Student-Athlete Academic Development
  • Division of the Student Experience
  • Office of Academic Affairs

Biography: Dr. Grant's teaching and research interests lie in contemplative practices in design, universal design, and diversity and inclusion in architecture challenge conventions. His work takes up new ways of thinking about drawing and design and the place of African Americans in architecture. Grant won the 2021 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and has been named as the inaugural Instagram artist-in-residence by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

This event is part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on “Conventions.”