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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.

GI Announcements:

We are back in Providence, and in full swing, folks! Join us at our weekly meetings to learn about this year's initiatives.

As always, 
If you have an idea for GI, you can fill out this form anytime:
Global Initiative meets every Sunday at 11AM in Ewing House.
Email us at to suggest a chat topic.

Tuesday, September 18

RISD Painting Department and Brown University Department of Visual Art

My Teacher is a Lizard: Decolonizing Curatorial Practice

5:00 - 6:30 PM
List Art Building, 64 College Street



My Teacher is a Lizard: Decolonizing Curatorial Practice

A conversation with artists Duane Slick and Martin Smick, moderated by RISD Professor of Liberal Arts Jonathan Highfield and Assistant Professor of Painting Jennifer Packer.

RISD Careers

Visiting Designer | Ashleigh Axios

7:00 - 8:30 PM
Metcalfe Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

DESIGN WEEK RI welcomes keynote speaker Ashleigh Axios 08 GD, former Obama Creative Director, for a talk called Still Hopey, Changey, a behind-the-scenes look at a presidency full of complete sentences, responsible tweets and — you know — values. International speaker, strategic creative and an advocate for design, Axios will bring back all of the feels as she shares how 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue led by design during the Obama administration. As design exponent at Automattic, she'll also discuss her insights on ethics in technology, the shifting roles of designers and their impact on business organizations, and design strategies for dealing with ambiguity.
Brown University - Department of Physics

Telescope Observing Night

8:00 - 10:00 PM
Ladd Observatory, 210 Doyle Street

View the moon, planets, and stars through the telescope at Brown’s historic Ladd Observatory. Experience astronomy as it was practiced in the 1890s. See our exhibits and displays about the history of science and technology. Currently featured is an exhibit on spaceflight. It includes the shortwave radio used to track Sputnik in the 1950s and a NASA Space Shuttle computer from the 1990s. Also see a prototype solar panel from the recently launched EQUiSat satellite built by Brown Space Engineering students.

Weather permitting, please visit our website for details and updates.

Wednesday, September 19

Brown University Department of Middle East Studies

Signs of Satan in Iran: Hollywood, Cosmopolitanism, Paranoia (Alireza Doostdar)

4:30 - 6:30 PM
Joukowsky Forum at Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street)

Part of a year-long series entitled “Iran Today” aimed at sophisticated discussion of contemporary Iranian society and culture as a countermeasure to the general lack of knowledge and sensational coverage circulated in US media.

Hollywood productions live complex social lives in Iran. They are consumed as objects of entertainment, contemplated as vehicles of spiritual meaning, and criticized as agents of Western cultural influence. With fantasy and horror cinema, these diverse responses take on existential weight, nurturing metaphysical speculations and feeding paranoid conspiracies. In his presentation, Alireza Doostdar examines Hollywood’s Iranian circulations as windows onto a distinctive mode of spiritual cosmopolitanism, reflecting on the manifest and occult ways in which cinema configures people’s lives.

Friday, September 21

Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village

Food Truck Friday Carousel Village

5:00 - 8:30 PM
Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Avenue 

End your week at FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with some of the best food trucks in Rhode Island brought to you PVD Food Truck Events.
Brown University School of Public Health, Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Warren Alpert Medical School, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Innovators in Achieving Black Health Equity: Building Environments that Produce Optimal Health for All

1:00 - 3:00 PM
Sayles Hall, 75 Waterman Street

What new approaches do we need to achieve Black health equity? As part of Black Alumni Reunion, we’ll be joined by leading health innovators—all Brown graduates—who will share their strategies to close the unequal health outcomes gap through research, policy, advocacy, and practice. 

Saturday, September 22

Brown University Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America and Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

Conversation with Chris Hayes '01: A Colony in a Nation

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

"An essential and groundbreaking text in the effort to understand how American criminal justice went so badly awry." —Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of "Between the World and Me"

In "A Colony in a Nation," New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Chris Hayes ’01 upends the national conversation on policing and democracy. Drawing on wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis, as well as deeply personal experiences with law enforcement, Hayes contends that our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. 

Light breakfast reception to precede the event from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Book sale, signing, and light reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy.

Sunday, September 23

The FANG Collective and AMOR RI - Alianza por Movilizar Nuestra Resistencia

AMOR Mental Health Provider Training Pt. 1

1:00 - 3:00 PM
545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Are you a mental health provider or healer? Interested in assisting AMOR and learning more about structural competency in mental health provision? Come out to our mental health provider training!

Meetings every Sunday at 11AM in Ewing House

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