In Real Time responses to current events
Crystal Bridges and the Momentary are committed to addressing the urgent issues of our time. As we look for a path forward, we want to provide a space for civil discourse, offer historical perspectives, lift up marginalized voices, and carry forth the work of promoting equality. In Real Time is a series of live, virtual programs formed in response to current events affecting our community at large. The programming comprises a variety of opportunities, such as panel discussions, community conversations, open mic sessions, and education resources for participants to hear from and connect with community leaders, artists, and subject matter experts about select topics “in real time.” In Real Time programming will be ongoing.
We invite you to join our upcoming conversations and artist open mic.
Sunday, February 28 at 6 pm
Passing the Mic for Justice: Call and Response
Video recording coming soon
Presented in collaboration with My-T-By-Design Therapeutic Art Studios and Poetic Justice Open Mic Series, Crystal Bridges and the Momentary invite you to an evening of virtual performances featuring local artists (Abel, Akau Anyieth, Audrey Romero, Itty Smalls, Justine Ryan, Leora Jackson, Noelia Cerna, NaTosha Devon, and Robyn) presenting poetry, spoken word, and music in pursuit of social justice. For this Call and Response event, we passed the mic to five artists who have each invited another artist to join them. The event will be hosted by LIFE and Jared Carter.
Captions available for this lecture.
Host: Jared Carter
Monday, February 22 at 7 pm
Community Circle: Where do we go from here? Why education matters.
Video recording coming soon
In this community circle, hear from local leaders: artist and educator Zora J Murff, Northwest Arkansas NAACP President/Archer Learning Center Principal Dr. Coby Davis, and Diana Dominguez, Community Liaison for the Fayetteville Public Library, and facilitator Anthony DiNicola, Inclusion Liaison, University of Arkansas’s Chancellor Office on Diversity and Inclusion matters.
Dr. Coby Davis serves as the President of the Northwest Arkansas NAACP chapter. He has spent eight years in the Springdale School District, including three as a math teacher at Sonora Middle School before becoming an instructional facilitator for a year, then assistant principal and now principal at the Archer Learning Center. Davis is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University. He earned his master’s degree from Tennessee State and his doctorate from Trevecca Nazarene. He taught for five years in the Williamson County (Tennessee) school system before teaching for nine years in the education department at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Zora J Murff is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas. He received his MFA from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Merging his educational experiences, Murff uses his practice to highlight intersections between various social systems and art. He has published books with Aint-Bad Editions (PULLED FROM PUBLISHER) and Kris Graves Projects. His most recent monograph, At No Point In Between (Dais Books), was selected as the winner of the Independently Published category of the Lucie Foundation Photo Book Awards. Murff is also a Co-Curator of Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, writers, and curators working to construct and promote an archive of artwork created by diverse makers. Visit his website here.
Anthony DiNicola is an experienced diversity and inclusion educator who currently serves at the University of Arkansas inclusion liaison for the Chancellor's Office on matters of diversity and inclusion. DiNicola has served as the senior educator and marketing coordinator at Catharsis Productions since 2012, where he led comprehensive trainings in corporate, military and university settings, including trainings on protected class bias, cultivating inclusive workplaces and other diversity and inclusion topics. Additionally, he delivered sexual assault prevention programming to students at universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M and Tulane University. DiNicola earned a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in Maine.
Monday, February 1 at 7 pm
A Panel Discussion on the History of Democracy, Racism, and Ideology
Video recording coming soon
In this virtual panel discussion moderated by Dr. Caree Banton and developed in partnership with the University of Arkansas Dept. of African and African American Studies, University of Arkansas professors Dr. Najja K. Baptist, assistant professor of political science, and Scott Eidelman, associate professor in the Dept. of Psychological Science, discuss the insurrection on Capitol Hill that took place on January 6, including the historical significance of this moment, and how we can move forward. The discussion focuses on the history of democracy, racism, and ideology that brought us to where we are.
Dr. Caree Banton is an Associate Professor of African Diaspora History and the Director of the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Arkansas. Banton received a MA in Development Studies from the University of Ghana in July 2012 and completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University in June 2013. Her research focuses on movements around abolition, emancipation, colonization as well as ideas of citizenship, blackness, and nationhood in the 19thcentury. Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships, including the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, the Lapidus Center Fellowship at the Schomburg Center and the Nancy Weiss Malkiel Fellowship for exceptional scholarship and participation in service activities. Banton teaches classes in Caribbean History, African Diaspora History, and race. She is a member of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy and has been named a Master Teacher in Fulbright College. Her book, More Auspicious Shores: Barbadian Migration to Liberia, Blackness, and the Making of the African Republic, that explores continuities and mutabilities in black experiences of freedom, citizenship, and nationhood across the Atlantic world was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019. Banton is currently working on a collaborative project with an archaeologist that explores the materials, objects, and architecture of the back-to-Africa movement.
Dr. Najja K. Baptist is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. He earned his doctorate in political science from Howard University and his work has appeared in numerous journals, such as National Political Science Review; Journal of Race and Ethnicity; Politics, Groups, and Identities; and other outlets. Dr. Baptist’s work is primarily focused on Black politics, social movements, culture, political behavior, public opinion, and mass media in the United States. My project examines how the current president engages with Congress members, specifically southern Congressional Black Caucus women of color.
Scott Eidelman is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Science, and teaches courses on social and political psychology, including a seminar on stereotyping and prejudice. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of political ideologies and why people tend to prefer the status quo. He is currently investigating the psychology of reactionism and anti-intellectualism.