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5PM – 7PM > 4th Floor Raw Space
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee WI 53202

Join us for a thought-provoking dialogue about the multifaceted concept of privilege.

What does the word mean?  How does it personally affect your life?

Equally important, how does it affect the lives of all of the people you pass on the street?

This panel discussion is brought to you in conjunction with the Research Practice Methods class being offered this fall at MIAD, entitled Narrative of Privilege: The Interview Project.  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Zoë Darling, authored the course and will be moderating the event.


JAMAL CURRIE: Associate Professor, New Studio Practice, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Jamal Currie is a video, sound and installation artist who has been teaching film and video courses to students of all ages for over ten years and has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships in Wisconsin including a Black Excellence Award in Education from the Milwaukee Times, an Art Futures Individual Artist Grant, and a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship. Currie received his MFA from the University of South Florida-Tampa in 1998. He joined MIAD’s full-time faculty in 2006.

EMMA DEBORD: Feminist Artist, Writer and Community Organizer

Emma DeBord is an artist, writer and community organizer, currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies, and is minoring in Africology.  DeBord has participated in numerous community marches, including Take Back the Night (in response to rising college campus sexual assaults) and The Coalition For Justice (in response to growing police brutality).  She has produced a zine called End Rape Culture and is currently in the process of collecting work for a new zine, which will focus on body image, dysphoria and decolonization.  Recent research projects have included Feminist Identity, Sisterhood, and Empowerment: Culturally Competent Discourses for Eating Disorder Eradication, based on autobiographical accounts, as well as many one-on-one interviews.

JENNA KNAPP: Milwaukee-Based Activist Artist

Jenna Knapp is an anti-racist artist and activist living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Knapp graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2014 and has a studio at The Pitch Project. Knapp has spent the last year in the streets with the family of Dontre Hamilton protesting unjust police killings. This past December she received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase fund, taking her to Amsterdam on residency, which allowed her to see the protests and police killings from a different culture’s point of view. Locally, Knapp has spent the past year   challenging the power of the media and taking on her own interview projects such as #MothersVoices that gave a venue for mother’s to tell their stories before the Inaugural Million Moms March that took place Mothers Day Weekend.  Knapp is currently an Emerging Mary L. Nohl Fellow and will be exhibiting her work at INOVA this Fall.

JEFFREY MORIN: President, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

An award-winning artist, writer, teacher and strategist, Jeffrey Morin brings 30 years of higher education experience to MIAD. His breadth of expertise includes strategic planning, diversity and access, enrollment management, marketing, fundraising, curriculum development and assessment, and interdisciplinary programming that brings college constituencies and community members of all ages together in new and innovative ways.  Morin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdepartmental Studies from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy; a Master of Art in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education; and a Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from UW-Madison. He also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

JACQUELINE RAY: Certified Peer Specialist, La Causa’s Community Linkage and Stabilization Program

Jacqueline Ray is a Certified Peer Specialist with La Causa’s Community Linkage and Stabilization Program (CLASP). The CLASP program promotes recovery within the community, improved quality of life for those living with mental illness, and supports consumers to direct their own recovery process. Ray works with consumers by sharing her experiences with the mental health system and in recovery from mental illness. After working on her own mental health issues for more than two decades, she shares strength and hope with others in recovery, empowering them to lead healthy, independent lives and reduce re-hospitalizations.