Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

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Lecture Social Justice Arts Advocacy

Fri, 18 Jan 2019

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

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Tinkham Veale University Center

11038 Bellflower Road , Cleveland, OH 444106, United States

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Each year, Case Western Reserve University honors Martin Luther King Jr.—the holiday, the man and the legacy—with a celebration that includes a range of activities including workshops, films, panel discussions and acclaimed speakers.

LaToya Ruby Frazier, acclaimed photographer and video artist, will headline the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Friday, January 18 at 12:45 p.m. in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom at the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Frazier uses photography to capture and explore social inequality and historical change. In her work The Geography of Oppression published in The Atlantic, Frazier documented how King’s assassination affected the physical structures of cities.

The keynote talk will be followed by a light reception. Event is free and open to all. Online registration requested.

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Tinkham Veale University Center

11038 Bellflower Road , Cleveland, OH 444106, United States


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LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier works in photography, video, and performance art to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequity, and family and communal history. In The Atlantic’s Martin Luther King Jr. issue, Frazier utilized a helicopter and aerial photography techniques to capture how Memphis, Baltimore and Chicago have responded to decades of oppression.  

Frazier has received the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 

Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She is Associate Professor, Photography, at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University School of Art, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University. 

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