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Art, Advocacy and Action

artist: Jairo Prado "Migration" Casa Azafran 

Vanderbilt University Divinty School and the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions present:

Art, Advocacy and Action: Immigration Reform Symposium

Art is in the service of vision, so it is not surprising that artists can help us see the world in new ways.  And artists are creators, who innovate and create new worlds, who renew our built environments, who fashion our outer landscapes as well as our inner worlds.  In this way, all art is "activist."  Some art is explicitly so.  This event seeks to draw on the activist spirit of artists to address the issue of immigration in America.  Vision, critique, possibility, love and hope: these are the elements of art that need to be the elements of any approach to immigration in our nation.  Join us as we listen to artists and the creative spirit in us, seeking to create a more hospitable, hopeful and loving world.  We will engage artists and our own creative selves as we reflect on the role of art and activism.  Events will include a screening and talk-back on Second Cooler, a film on immigration by Ellin Jimmerson, as well as music by Dave Perkins and Ashley Cleveland, and a lecture on the role of art and protest in Immigration debates.  Finally, participants will be invited to participate in a hands on workshop.

Co-sponsored by: Scarritt-Bennett Center, Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender & Sexuality, Religion and the Arts and Contemporary Culture, and the Center for Latin American Studies  

February 20 & 21, 2014
Schedule of Events 

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required (see below)

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Location: Benton Chapel

6:00 pm Screening of the documentary “The Second Cooler”

7:30 pm Q &A with Ellin Jimmerson with reception to follow

Friday, February 21, 2014
Location: Scarritt-Bennett Center,  Laskey Great Room

8:00 am Registration and breakfast

8:50 Welcome by Scarritt-Bennett Center Executive Director, Jocelyn Briddell

8:55 am  Introduction by Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Emilie M. Townes

9:00 am Lecture – History of Immigration:  Renata Soto, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Conexión Américas

10:15 – 11:45 am Visual Artist Jairo Prado: Migration to Metamorphosis

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm  – Contemporary Issues around Immigration Panel with Professor Viki Matson and Leigh Bonner (Nations Ministry)

2:15 pm Music of Protest workshop with Dave Perkins, Ashley Cleveland and Odessa Settles 

3:30 pm Local and National Immigration panel moderated by Ellen Armour with Ellin Jimmerson, Brenda Perez (Workers Dignity) and Stephanie Teatro (TIRRC). 

4:30pm Closing Remarks by Graham Reside


Registration Form