As an “accidental scholar” of graphic design history, Silas Munro will show how his journey to find himself as a Queer, Black designer in the past also shapes potential futures for practice, teaching, and life. Through poetic research, written scholarship, and visual art Munro questions the often-unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. Racial Justice Studio – Arizona Arts is co-sponsoring Munro’s visit, with a special fireside chat and lunch for students (space limited) and an evening lecture with a reception to follow.
Munro is part of the 2022-2023 Black Faculty Speakers Series:
“Out of this World: Afrofuturist Expressions Across Science, Art, Tech and Design”
The Black Faculty Speaker Series will create a campus culture in which Black thought, experience, and creativity are visible and vital. Each visiting speaker provides a unique voice and perspective on Black futurity.
Afrofuturism is this year’s theme for the Black Faculty Speaker Series. It is an orientation or a way of thinking that defies simple classification. It is expansive, interdisciplinary, and revolutionary beyond conventional notions of resistance. Afrofuturism’s practitioners blend imagination, research, experimentation, and Black ancestral knowledge to invent worlds that transcend our present condition and fuel new possibilities for a more just and sustainable planet.