Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Presents National Symposium “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism”


March 30, 2018

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will host a symposium, “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism,” a roundtable discussion preceded by brief individual presentations exploring the ways the arts and humanities contribute to building a more humane, just, and integrated world on Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the Symposium is the final installment of The School of Architecture + Art’s 2017-18 Lecture Series. A reception will follow in the Atrium of Chaplin Hall.

Four dynamic leaders in the field make up the panel:

  • From Washington University, Assistant Professor Jesse Vogler is an artist and designer whose work sits at the intersection of landscape, politics, and performance. His work addresses the entanglements between landscape and law, taking on themes of work, property, expertise, and perfectibility. Vogler is a MacDowell Fellow, Co-Director of the Institute of Marking and Measuring, and teaches across the fields of landscape, architecture, art and urbanism. Vogler’s work has been supported by Graham Foundation grants as well as the Mellon Foundation’s Divided City initiative, and has been exhibited and published broadly.
  • Helen Slade is a founding member of Territory, an award-winning design studio program in Chicago. Territory focuses on giving youth a voice through design work in the community. Through their programs for Chicago’s youth, students become involved with community planning, urban design and public-art projects, helping students become engaged with different groups of people and develop as leaders. Slade is also a licensed architect, public art organizer, educator and curator.
  • Anna Goodman, Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University in Oregon, received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design. According to Goodman, her work “focuses on the politics of architectural practice and the role of making and craft in defining the boundaries of professional identity.” Goodman’s writing on design-build practice has been widely cited and she has won multiple awards for her research, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
  • Eric Morrow joins us locally from Burlington, Vt. Morrow was the AIA 2017 Vermont president and is the Burlington 2030 district chair. Morrow is currently an architect with Centerline Architects Inc, and received his BArch from Pennsylvania State University. Morrow is a teacher at the acclaimed design-build school, Yestermorrow, and has a passion for “carefully crafted projects that are sophisticated in design and in harmony with their surroundings.”

The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professors of Architecture Tolya Stonorov and Timothy Parker and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Brian Glenney.

The School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886