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  • Probing Performance Art

    Students in a Robert L. Turner-funded spring seminar on performance studies probed the intersections of politics, culture and performance. 

  • Landing at LAIKA

    Graduating seniors Emily Neilson 15 FAV and Katy Strutz 15 IL are thrilled to move on to LAIKA, a creative animation studio outside Portland, OR.

  • Designing a Desirable Future

    At Critical Design/Critical Futures, makers, writers, practitioners and educators exchanged ideas about the ways contemporary design influences forthcoming political, social and economic engagement.

  • Fresh Perspective

    Teaching at RISD allows Andrew Robarts, a recently hired assistant professor in History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences, to approach Middle Eastern history from a new angle.

  • Breaking Through

    A visit from photojournalist and activist Richard Ross inspires RISD students to pursue social justice projects.

  • Mining the Margins

    Students work with the Raqs Media Collective to explore notions of narrative, counter-narrative and the power of marginalia.

  • Sharma Sheds Interim Title

    Design strategist, teacher and researcher Pradeep Sharma accepts a permanent appointment as provost.

  • Talking Tools

    Students, faculty and visiting artists consider the link between digital interfaces and the imagination as part of RISD’s new tool ( ) series.

  • Uncreative Practices

    Poet and provocateur Kenneth Goldsmith 84 SC leads a cross-disciplinary discussion about questions of plagiarism and originality in art, design and higher ed. 

  • Building Aspirations

    Professor Jim Barnes BArch 69 works with graduate students in Architecture to inspire teens to pursue related fields.

In a studio called Design Science students explore geometric patterns and relationships, in part by constructing models.