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Susan Platt to Present Lecture at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

susan platt image.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Susan Platt, award-winning art historian and critic, will present the lecture "Art and Politics Now: Cultural Activism in a Time of Crisis" from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 7 in the Student Center Theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University. The public is invited. Admission is free.


Platt's lecture will include a PowerPoint presentation examining some of the 80 artists she highlights in her book, "Art and Politics Now: Cultural Activism in a Time of Crisis." Artists featured in the presentation include Goya, Picasso, Kollwitz and Siqueiros, as well as contemporary artists. The lecture will focus on the multiple strategies and media artists utilize in order to address political and social issues such as opposition to war, terrorism, pollution and racism. Platt's lecture and book follow artists from street protests to galleries to the international community.

susan platt book cover.jpgPlatt is the recipient of many distinguished awards and fellowships, such as the 2011 Puffin Foundation Fellowship, the 1999-2000 Fullbright Fellowship and the 2002 Kathe Kollwitz Award, among others. She taught at Mills College, Washington State University, the University of North Texas and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as other universities. She currently writes for "Sculpture Magazine" and many online publications, and maintains her blog, "Art and Politics Now" (

The event is sponsored by Eastern's Visual Arts Department, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Student Affairs Division. For more information, contact Carla Sheldon at (860) 465-0197 or

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