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Our guest writers — scholars, poets, essayists, novelists, students, educators — engage with the programming at the Forum and contribute to timely topics and conversations.

Global Stories, Local Issues: The Cash Register

A cash register as old as this one usually comes with a good story. Not surprisingly, this particular object, now a family heirloom, tells a story of possibility and nostalgia. But it also pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a business owner in America, and what we understand the value of a cash register to be.

In Gratitude: Reclaiming Sites of Trauma

How can we remember, reclaim, and transform sites of historical violence and trauma? Hannah Jacobs remembers a morning workshop with artists Tift Merritt, Nina Angela Mercer, Anna Schuleit Haber, and Deborah Luster.

In Gratitude: Incarceration & Black Freedom

Jenny Levine remembers an FSP@PPG coffee-shop talk on criminal justice held in conjunction with the exhibit, Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom.

The conversation featured Omisade Burney-Scott, Lynden Harris, Theresa Newman, Tarish Pipkins, and Sherrill Roland.

In Gratitude: A Choreography of Freedom

Maya J. Berry remembers a student-led choreography project inspired by the Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery. Watch video of the closing-night performance featuring students in her Afro-Cuban Dance: History, Theory & Practice course and Afro-Caribbean dancer-scholar Yanique Hume.

In Gratitude: The Pleasures of Perseverance

Anthropologist Kelly Alexander remembers “Making Music With Refugees,” a public conversation with Emmanuel Hondré of the Paris Philharmonic, in this latest addition to our Gratitude Journal.

In Gratitude: Remembering War During a Pandemic

“One day I woke up and could no longer wear my uniform. And then I could no longer go to the movies. And then I could no longer live in America.” Robert Densmore remembers “Witnessing War,” featuring Matt Gallagher.

In Gratitude: Bits of Borno

Nigerian photojournalist Fati Abubakar has made it her goal to document how lives lived under the sign of conflict are not fully determined by it. Samuel Fury Childs Daly remembers her 2017 campus visit.

In Gratitude: The Artist as Researcher

In our Gratitude Journal, Power Plant Gallery director Caitlin Margaret Kelly looks back on “The Artist As Researcher,” a conversation from 2017.

The FSP@PPG lunchtime event featured Julia Gartrell, Howard Craft, M.C. Taylor, and Aya Shabu.

Statement on Black Lives Matter

We at the Forum for Scholars and Publics stand in solidarity with those protesting the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Adama Traoré in France, and so many others.

Read our full statement in support of protesters demanding justice for those killed by police.