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Reverberations of Belonging: Open forum on Gender and Sexuality

October 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Gallery tours available from 11 am to 2 pm

Poster by Ann-Marie Willacker

Community discussion co-moderated by:

Harlo Miner (she/her) is a parent of 4 children, public servant and veteran. She served as a Naval Aircrewman in the United States Navy and currently works as a Child Protective Investigator for the Department of Children and Families. Originally from Chicago Illinois, she has recently moved to DeLand.

Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, (she/aval/they) is an internationally renowned scholar-educator, artist, writer, human rights and eco-justice activist. Her published collection of poetry Tuluminous has been praised as “a marvelous and meaningful testimony of the power of language to heal and transform” by the Presidential Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, and Rajni is described as the “Poet Laureate of the just society” by NYU’s Moral Courage Project Founder, Irshad Manji. She serves as the President of the National Coalition for the Homeless Board and is the Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Stetson University. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Catalyzing Equity, Justice, and Social Change. Her recently published education book series includes Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Equity-Focused Practices for Educational Leaders and Re-Envisioning Education: Affirming Diversity and Advancing Justice, along with environmental justice and artivism (art + activism) books in progress. In addition, she is a grateful Amma (means “Mom” in her first language, Tamil) who loves sunflowers and masala chai. 

Justin Quaid Grubb (he/him) is from Bloomington, Indiana. An Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Stetson University, Grubb earned an MFA (2021) in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art & Design and a BFA (2019) in Ceramics from the IUPUI Herron School of Art & Design. Grubb has exhibited in collaboration with Jimmy Rhea for WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE, BUT WE DON’T ALWAYS SCAN (Lamar Gallery, Pensacola State College, 2022) and Marita Chustak for Coextensive Matter (Eskinazi Fine Art Center, Herron School of Art & Design, 2019). Following his graduate thesis exhibition, Mars is for Fags (RISD Grad Show 2021, WaterFire Arts Center, Providence, RI), Grubb was invited to participate in the 2021 Tsinghua International Conference on Art & Design’s virtual postgrad exhibition ASK: Our Diverse World (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China). Furthermore, he has participated in a number of group and juried exhibitions including: B22: Wiregrass Biennial (Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL), the 24th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition (San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, 2022), Off Center (Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, 2021), Afterlight: Online (Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY, 2021), and Onyx + East (Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 2019). Justin Quaid Grubb’s first solo exhibition, SURVIVING THE WILDS OF THE PANHANDLE (TAG, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL) opened in September of 2022, followed by ALL-AMERICAN AND VERY DOWN TO EARTH (Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA) in November 2022.

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