The art school welcomes Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, scholar and community activist, for a series of lectures

School of Art and Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis

The invited lecture series presents Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis

The Art school in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to welcome an arts education researcher, educator and community advocate Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis to the Invited lecture series. His virtual conference will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21.

Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis is an Assistant Professor of Arts Education in the School of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. She is also an Affiliate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies. She got her doctorate. in Arts Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her interdisciplinary scholarship utilizes perspectives of decolonization, critical race, and transnational feminism in the study of artistic and media production in critical place / land.

She is the founder of Urban Wild, a community art and media program for urban refugee youth in Buffalo, New York. As a facilitator, educator, mentor and community advocate, she has collaborated with young refugees over the past 10 years to build an alternative educational space to amplify their perspectives. This space helps them establish ethical relationships with their new lands and promotes social and environmental awareness and change.

“Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis is updating social justice research in a promising way with her mobile mapping project that reveals hidden stories from the personal voices of refugee girls,” said Angela LaPorte, director of the arts education program. “We are delighted to present her to the University of Alberta community and learn more about her remarkable research.”

Thursday October 21 Bae-Dimitriadis will present Land Art Investigation: Community Media Art in Action by Refugee Youth. The presentation draws on decolonizing, earthly and anti-racist perspectives to engage artistic and media practices focused on social justice around social, educational, geographic and environmental issues.

Her investigation is specifically rooted in the artistic and media practices of young community refugees in Buffalo, New York. These practices show how the histories and bodily movements of young people can serve as lived spatio-temporal interventions to the social and ecological colonial conception of an urban city from their point of view.

All are invited to join the Art school to welcome and learn more about Bae-Dimitriadis, at 5.30 p.m., Thursday, October 21, Zoom.

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