College of
Arts and Sciences

The UMKC Trustees and College of Arts and Sciences are proud to introduce the Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz Lecture Series starting Fall 2021. This annual series will host lectures, seminars, and workshops in fields such as creative writing, literature, and art history.

For its inaugural year, the Marilyn T. and Byron C. Shutz Lecture Series is entitled "SPEAK UP! Building Racial Justice through Art, Writing, and Pedagogy." Hosted by the departments of Art and Art History and English, these events will bring speakers from around the nation with expertise in the fields of studio art, art history, composition, rhetoric, creative writing, and literature.
SPEAK UP: Building Racial Justice through Art, Writing, and Pedagogy

Upcoming Events:

Antiracist Workshop for MFA Students

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Curating Art as Racial Justice Praxis

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Technologies of Recovery: Representing Black Voices in Digital Humanities Scholarship

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Entangled Memories: Visualizing Racial Trauma through Imagery, Language, and Textiles

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Past Shutz Lecture Series Events

Re-Envisioning Native American Identities in Visual Art and Literature

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Roundtable conversation on art, cultural appropriation, and indigenous rights, moderated by Lisa Tatonetti (Professor of English at Kansas State University), with Gregg Deal (artist and activist), Kate Morris (Professor of Art History at Santa Clara University), and Malea Powell (Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University).

Watch recorded panel


Cultivating Antiracist Assessment Practices: A Faculty Workshop Series

Thursdays, October 14, 21, and 28, 2021

This three-part workshop series engaged and challenged participants to interrogate their biases associated with assessment in efforts to develop and implement antiracist classroom assessment practices. Led by Antonio Byrd (Assistant Professor of English at University of Missouri-Kansas City), Virginia Schwarz (Assistant Professor English at San Francisco State University), and Lizbett Tinoco (Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University).

Watch Workshop #2

Watch Workshop #3


Reimagining Suppressed Histories of Racial Violence

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Artist Isaac Julien and art historian Krista Thompson will explore how photographs have shaped the perception of Black subjects and historical events. Julien will discuss his recent film installation Lessons of the Hour which reimagines the life of statesman and freed slave Frederick Douglass. Interweaving poetic images of Douglass with his resonating statements on the struggle for freedom, the work asks the viewer to become immersed in a historical re-enactment which is both aesthetically pleasing and psychologically disquieting. 

Similarly concerned with how the past can be reassessed and reimagined, Krista Thompson will examine the circulation of a photograph depicting Paul Bogle, the leader of the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, who called for justice for all the people of Jamaica. Discussing the disappearance of the photograph from the national archive, she will address the function played by this fugitive image in state and popular understandings of the rebellion.