On Friday, June 17, the Hilliard University Art Museum at UL is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium featuring UL and McNeese faculty and graduate students, centered on the summer exhibition Ancestral Memories: The Work of Imna Arroyo.

Nurtured by personal and collective references to her ancestral culture, Arroyo's work focuses on issues of identity. Because of her Indigenous and African Caribbean heritage, her work explores the diverse manifestations of nature and the spirit of the African ancestors, giving voice to some of their stories and activating both physical and spiritual spaces.

The Symposium will bring together graduate students and professors from the University of Louisiana and McNeese University in an artistic setting to present scholarly ideas about the Middle Passage, ancestors, and art. The symposium is designed to promote intellectual discussion and scholarship in regard to art and learning.

The Symposium will include academic and creative presentations by J. Bruce Fuller (UL graduate student), Marie Hendry (Director, UL Writing Center), Mary Hughes (MSU graduate student), Maia Butler (UL graduate student), Rita Costello (MSU faculty), Nancy Correro (MSU graduate student), William Lusk Coppage (UL graduate student), and Dr. Dayana Stetco (UL faculty). Dr. Robin Hermann, Assistant Professor of History at UL will give the keynote speech.

The Symposium will begin at 9:30 with an introduction from Dr. Lee Gray, UAM Curator, about the exhibition, Ancestral Memories: The works of Imna Arroyo.

All sessions will take place at the Hilliard University Art Museum. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Ancestral Memories: A Dialogue

Symposium Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Meet and Greet for symposium presenters

9:30 a.m. Introduction by Dr. Lee Gray, UAM Curator

10:00 - 12:00 Academic Presentation
    J. Bruce Fuller, Marie Hendry, Mary Hughes, Maia Butler

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Break for Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Creative Presentations
    Rita Costello, Nancy Correro, William Lusk Coppage, Dr. Dayana Stetco

3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robin Hermann


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