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Black Spaces Matter: Panel Discussion and Reception

01 December 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Boston Architectural College, McCormick Gallery
320 Newbury Street

On the Occasion of the Opening of the Exhibition, Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood


5:30 Reception & Dean Karen Nelson's Welcome Message


6:00 Panel


7:30 Gather, Reflect, Discuss & Eat More!


This Panel is organized on the occasion of Black Spaces Matter, an exhibit that showcases the abolitionist neighborhood near the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. While the exhibit is primarily focused on the aesthetics and architectonics of this African-American and abolitionist neighborhood in the south coast of Massachusetts, the panel will address broader issues concerning Black neighborhoods across the United States and African-American heritage in general.


Panel Schedule

Presentations | 6:00pm-7:10pm. Moderated by Pamela Karimi

Learning from Black Neighborhoods | Pamela Karimi, Associate Professor of Art History at UMass Dartmouth.The Abolitionist Row and the Underground Railroad in New Bedford and Beyond | Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society.Digital Preservation and African-American Cultural Heritage | Jana Cephas, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.


Discussion and Q&A with Panel Speakers + Exhibition Curators and Contributors | 7:10pm-7:30 pm. Moderated by Pamela Karimi

Participants: Don Burton (filmmaker & Instructor at UConn); Lee Blake (speaker & advisor to the show); Jana Cephas (speaker); Pedram Karimi (architect & designer); Pamela Karimi (speaker & lead curator); Jennifer McGrory (architect & manager of exhibition production); Michael Swartz (graphic designer, 360° spherical photographer & Professor at UMass Dartmouth).