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2019 Annual Conference

Cleveland

March 07-10, 2019

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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Evening Guest Speaker, Sarah Lewis

Vision & Justice: Race, Citizenship, and America

Saturday, March 03 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Grand Ballroom Salon H

Can art today bring about the catalytic social change that it has in the past? What is the role of the artist in shifting our perceptions, shattering biases, and creating the world we want? More than ever, we are inundated with images. Awash in them. Yet the artist alone has the power—through one iconic image, one profound gesture—to help focus our attention on what truly matters. In a bold new talk, Sarah Lewis makes a lucid and original case for art as a lever to social justice and cultural transformation. "The endeavor to affirm the dignity of human life cannot be waged without pictures," she has written. "To be an engaged global citizen right now requires visual literacy." Gathering in various threads—art history, technical innovation, race, photography, the story of America, and a deeply personal narrative—Lewis takes us to a place of deeper contemplation and understanding. She celebrates individual artists, invokes the collective imagination, and helps us see afresh both what is there, right in front of us, as well as what could be.

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