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Mellon Conference 'Humanities for Our Times'

Presented by Colorado College at Colorado College: Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado Springs CO

Jun 15 - 16 2023
Mellon Conference 'Humanities for Our Times'

As a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s “Humanities For All Times” Grant, Colorado College is hosting two exciting events open to the Colorado Springs community that will explore the role of poetry, dance, and visual art for social justice work.

Join Colorado College for two artist talks focusing on Social Justice and the Humanities!

Both of these events are happening in conjunction with an academic conference open to educators and artists in the Colorado Springs area. To register for the conference, please visit

Find more information about the artists below:

Jordan Casteel:
Jordan Casteel (b. 1989, Denver, CO) received her BA from Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA for Studio Art (2011) and her MFA in ... view more »


Prices vary based on which events you register for.

Registration extended until June 11, 2023.

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Film screening of Nashville Ballet’s recent performance of Lucy Negro Redux, based on the 2019 collection of poetry Lucy Negro, Redux: The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet by Caroline Randall Williams.

Artist talk by Caroline Randall Williams, an award-winning poet, young adult novelist, and cookbook author as well as an activist, public intellectual, performance artist, and scholar. Book signing will follow.

Friday, June 16: Artist Talk by Jordan Casteel
Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College (Screening Room)

Artist talk by Jordan Casteel, painter and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient whose painting God Bless the Child was recently featured on the cover of Time magazine. The MacArthur Foundation wrote this about her work: “Jordan Casteel is a painter capturing moments of proximity with people and environments she has encountered on the streets of Harlem, within the New York subway, in her classrooms, and in the spaces occupied by those closest to her. Her paintings depict, in luminous hues and nearly life-size proportions, people of color and landscapes that convey relationships of mutual respect and care that extend beyond the canvas… [Casteel’s works] expand upon [her] commitment to broadening whose likenesses appear in museum and gallery spaces. By honoring the surroundings and people that she sees day-to-day, Casteel prompts viewers to meet the gaze of others and to recognize our shared humanity.”

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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