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Here are a selection of events happening around and near RISD this week that you might be interested in, and some updates on what Global Initiative is doing.

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This is our last newsletter for the year. It has been an up and down, exciting year and we want to thank you all for supporting and participating in our events! We'll be back in fall (and briefly in summer with eat the world sign-ups). In the meantime, Goodluck with finals and have a wonderful summer :) 

As always, 
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Global Initiative meets every Sunday at 11AM in Ewing House.
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Tuesday, May 1

Southeast Asia Studies Initiative - SEASI

Re-Collecting Southeast Asia: A Student Exhibition

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Joukowsky Forum (Room 155) at the Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)

Come join the Southeast Asian Studies Initiative's exhibition as we celebrate the vibrant community of students passionate about the study of Southeast Asia. We invite you to discover the work that both graduate students and undergraduates have pursued in the form of research projects, news articles, photography, essays and theses. Dinner will be provided.
Watson Institute

From Climate Change to Political and Personal Change

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

What is the future of global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Will the Paris agreement unravel, or will other nations, along with states, cities and companies in the U.S., make up the difference? Can we build an economy powered by clean, renewable energy in time? John Sterman, a professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explores these questions with an interactive simulation developed by MIT and He’ll also discuss what we can do, professionally and personally, to build a safer, more sustainable world.

Wednesday, May 2

Social Equity Inclusion (SEI) Initiative 

A Conversation on Cultural 
Appropriation, Representation and Free Speech

6:30 PM
RISD Auditorium

Please join postcolonial scholar and Harvard Professor Homi Bhabha and artists Fred Wilson and Kameelah Janan Rasheed for a panel discussion on the ethics and aesthetics of cultural appropriation, the ideals and limits of free speech and the politics of representation in the US today. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor Leora Maltz-Leca, head of the History of Art & Visual Culture department at RISD.

Vice President of SEI Open Sessions

3:30 - 4:15 PM
RISD Auditorium 

RISD is in the final phase of the search for a Vice President of Social Equity and Inclusion-–a new position coming directly out of the SEI Action Plan that was launched last fall. The individual who fills this role will be charged with guiding and coordinating institution-wide efforts aimed at making our community more demographically diverse and welcoming of differences, and ensuring that all students have the access, opportunity, and support they need to benefit fully from the RISD experience.
Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble

Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Concert

7:00 - 9:00 PM
Grant Recital Hall, 1 Young Orchard Avenue

A performance of Ghanaian traditional music and dance featuring guest dancer Kwabena Boateng & members of the Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng, director. 

Citywide Conversation

6:00 - 7:30 PM
Joslin Recreation Center, 17 Hyat Street

Please Join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza & Councilwoman Sabina Matos for a Citywide Conversation. All are welcome to join this open discussion on how we can work together to benefit our neighborhoods and communities.

Friday, May 4


VISIONS Spring '18 Release Party!

7:00 - 9:00 PM
The Underground Coffee Co. 

Please join VISIONS Magazine in celebrating the release of their latest issue! The release party will feature amazing student performances, a screen printing event and delicious food will be provided! Come to grab a copy of their beautiful magazine, stay to enjoy the amazing VISIONS community! 
Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Conference: Race, Memory and Memorialization

Friday, May 4 - 8:30am to Saturday, May 5 - 5:15pm

In the wake of a 2016 march in Charlottesville, Virginia, communities across the nation are reevaluating memorials and the history they represent. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice marks its fifth anniversary with a conference that aims to prompt questions about commemoration, history and memory in the present. The two-day conference will examine the activism behind the Southern Freedom Movement and critically question the way the Civil Rights Movement has been represented through memorials and exhibitions
Event Schedule and Registration

Saturday, May 5 

Common Cause RI

Government Workshop | Demystifying Democracy

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Chace Center Auditorium

Common Cause Rhode Island presents a series of workshops to help participants engage in state and local democracy. Are you curious about the workings of our government? Come and be informed, empowered and amused by a diverse group of experts in advocacy, journalism and government providing behind-the-scenes views of Rhode Island politics. This session, No Math Required, will explain Rhode Island’s state budget process.
Free entry

Sunday, May 6 


Holi 2018!

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Nick Green

Join RISD's South Asian Students Association in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Enjoy the arrival of spring with lots of color, bollywood music and lunch catered by kabob and curry! 

Monday, May 7 

Visiting Speaker | Ariella Azoulay

5:00 PM
Chace Center Auditorium 

Please join us for the seventh and final lecture in the 2018 Grad Commons Speaker Series: Conversations on Contemporary Art: Imperial Rights and the Origins of Photography.

Meetings every Sunday at 11AM in Ewing House

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