Anti-Racism Pedagogy Forums


Works by AAH&VS Visual Arts faculty

Guiding Statement: Structural racism, the product of centering whiteness, is present in all aspects of the academy, and as members of this intellectual and professional community we have a responsibility to take antiracist actions to dismantle it. One key area where we can enact change is in our teaching. Today in this Forum we will move towards antiracist pedagogy in our department.

 Antiracism Pedagogy Forums

The AAHVS Antiracist Pedagogy Forum met monthly to hear presentations on and to discuss specific themes, for a total of 8-9 meetings. These themes were proposed by graduate students, faculty, and teaching staff in the department:

• to share antiracist methodologies and strategies already in use in instructors’ fields

• to identify opportunities to incorporate antiracist pedagogies into our teaching practices so that we ensure equitable, safe learning opportunities for all students

• to identify areas in the department's curricula in which antiracist pedagogies and approaches to disciplinary content can be implemented or augmented.

• to connect the 3Cs: content, context, and community


2021-22 Academic Year
April 20, 2022
SaeHim Park, PhD Candidate in Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

April 7 & April 18, 2022
Antiracist Reading Group Meetings for Graduate Students of Color

March 22, 2022
Sustaining Antiracism Pedagogy in the Department

February 23, 2022
What is Antiracist Art? Can it be Taught? If so, How?

December 1, 2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Department: Current Questions and Curricular Futures

November 16, 2021
Nasher Exhibition: “Off the Map: The Provenance of a Painting”
Molly Boarati, Associate Curator, Nasher Museum of Art

Conserved Portrait
Joseph Wright of Derby (attributed), British, Portrait of an Artist, mid–late 18th century. Oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 24 1/2 inches (74 x 62.2 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Bequest of Mary D.B.T. Semans in memory of her mother, Mary Duke Biddle; 2013.3.1. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
November 2, 2021
Hacking into History: Discovering Racial Covenants in Durham County Property Deeds
Alexandra Chassanoff, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University.

September 29, 2021
Carl Pope’s “The Bad Air Smelled of Roses”

Bad Air Smelled of Roses
Carl Pope, Bad Air Smelled of Roses, 2004-


2020-21 Academic Year
April 20, 2021
Duke Libraries’ Diversifying Scholarship in the Curriculum Team Presentation

March 30, 2021
Anti-Racist Art History Tutorial
Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History

Mellon Lecture
Sam Gilliam, Homage to the Square, 2016–2017, acrylic on wood. © Sam Gilliam

March 2, 2021
Teaching in the Classroom
“Team Jerusalem,” comprised of Emily Mohr (Grad), Bryan Rusch (Grad), and Alana Hyman (Undergrad), discussed their work in the Visualizing Cities Lab collaborating with Professor Annabel Wharton on restructuring her Jerusalem course syllabus. This was followed by Pedro Lasch and Bill Fick discussing the ways in which they have incorporated antiracist pedagogy in the Studio Classroom.

February 15, 2021
Faculty Advancement Seed Grant from the Office for Faculty Advancement, 2021-2022, for AAHVS Antiracist Pedagogy Forum. Beverly McIver, professor of the practice, and Pedro Lasch, research professor. $8,000 over one year. The “proposal exemplifies an innovative faculty development activity that has the potential to significantly impact the Duke community.”