Last month, we were lucky to have filmmaker and scholar Manthia Diawara in San Francisco, where he talked about his friend and fellow artist, David Hammons. A contemporary New York-based artist, Hammons has been the subject of a year-long series of public events, commissioned essays, and reading group meetings, aptly called "David Hammons Is On Our Mind." It was my great honor to introduce Diawara at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco on March 3. After Professor Diawara's lecture, which related the late philosopher and poet Édouard Glissant's concept of claimed and deliberate opacity to Hammons' enigmatic project Dak’Art 2004 Sheep Raffle (2004), I talked with him about the these these thinker-artists affinities and variances.
Jacqueline Francis, Ph.D., is the Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice (2016-17).
In recognition of the legacy of Robert A. Corrigan’s twenty four years of leadership as the University’s 12th president, George and Judy Marcus have established the Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice to advance San Francisco State University’s distinctive mission. SFSU distinguishes itself from other institutions of higher education in its commitment to social justice. The College of Ethnic Studies, the only such college in the nation, has been a longstanding leader in promoting academic excellence that empowers and advances communities of color and indigenous people. The Corrigan Visiting Professor, housed within the College of Ethnic Studies, advances the theory and practice of social justice as one of the university’s guiding principles.
The Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice is a scholar who is firmly engaged in cutting edge academic, educational and community initiatives that promote social justice and advance the aspirations of people of African American/Black ancestry. The Corrigan Visiting Professor contributes to and enriches the work of faculty, students and constituent communities of the College of Ethnic Studies by advancing the theoretical framework, expression or practice of social justice. The Corrigan Visiting Professor is also a fellow to the Cesar Chavez Institute in the College of Ethnic Studies for one year.
In addition to teaching one course per semester, the Corrigan Visiting Professor delivers one public lecture or performance each semester, and participates in select activities related to the promotion of the Visiting Professorship.
The Corrigan Visiting Professor enhances the University’s reputation as a premier public urban institution dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and community engagement for equity and social justice.
Jacqueline Francis in conversation with Manthia Diawara (March 3, 2017) at Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts -- video online
- Weston Teruya Interview (2.27.2017) with Curators Jacqueline Francis and Kathy Zarur available as online podcast posted 10 months ago
- Jacqueline Francis interviewed by Joseph Pace on KALW radio (91.7 FM) program "City Visions" - Feb. 13, 2017 posted a year ago
- SFSU AFRS 312 ("Mighty Real: San Francisco Black Bay Area Artists"--Spring 2017) at Geo. Washington H.S. (Feb. 10, 2017) posted a year ago
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