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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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Global Initiative meets every Sunday at 11AM in Ewing House.
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Tuesday, April 17

Watson Institute

David Myers ─ Where Responsibility Lies: Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

4 - 5:30 PM
Brown University Pembroke Hall #305

This presentation will consider a set of factors--the political aims of European powers, the persistence of antisemitism, and the promise and the failure of a meaningful minority rights regime--that set in motion the Zionist movement and the subsequent tensions between Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine. The talk will conclude by reframing the web of responsibility to include but not be limited by the current Israeli and Palestinian rivals.
Watson Institute

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

7 - 9 PM
Joukowsky Forum

An Earth Week film screening.

Wednesday, April 18

CLACS Undergraduate Fellows Initiative

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

4 - 6 PM
Joukowsky Forum

A teach-in focusing on Puerto Rican grassroots recovery efforts and activism that has held communities together in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 

Thursday, April 19

Watson Institute Brazil Initiative

Daryle Williams – Redeeming Ham, Again: Slave Emancipation, Race, and Fine Arts in Brazil

4 - 5:30 PM

Among Latin Americanists, Redemption of Ham (Modesto Brocos y Gómez, 1895) is an arrestingly familiar artistic representation of race mixture in Brazil. This talk looks anew at Redemption and its author to explore the entwined destinies of slave emancipation, race, and fine arts in the largest and most enduring slave society of the Americas. 

Vice President of SEI Open Sessions

4:45 - 5:30 PM

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.
RISD Museum

The Art of Race: Costume and Textiles

6 - 7:30 PM

LIMITED SPACE for this program. Please RSVP on *Eventbrite* to hold your spot. If you are RSVPing for more than one person please fill out a separate registration for EACH person with their name. If you have any questions please email us at
Intercultural Student Engagement

Yellow House Gallery Presents: Identity Show Opening

6:30 - 8 PM

Perverse Pleasures — Queer digital shorts from South Asia and the diaspora

7:30 - 9:30 PM
AS220 Black Box Theatre

Decolonial larvae! Ancient unicorns! Aunties in saris! When desis get online, what are their secret and not-so-secret desires? Join us for an evening of shorts by artists from South Asia and the diaspora, exploring the forms of pleasure that are made possible by digital technologies. 

Saturday, April 21

RISD Steam

Discover Conference

10 AM - 6:30 PM
Chace Center Auditorium

An interdisciplinary conference that invites professors, educators, practitioners, and directors who work across art and science to share their work, practices, research, and experiences on the topic of Space through the lens of Education.
Find tickets here.
RISD Steam

RISD/Brown Presents Omar Offendum and Remi Kanazi

7 - 9 PM
RISD Auditorium

Join RISD and Brown for a night full of performances including Spoken word, Poetry, Hip Hop and Rap from Syrian and Palestinian Artists, Omar Offendum and Remi Kanazi. 
FREE tickets here.

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