Lecture Series

Critical Dialogue Series: Emma Nishimura

Attention Tyler and Temple students: Emma Nishimura’s work ranges from traditional etchings, archival pigment prints, drawings and audio pieces to art installations. Using a diversity of media, her work addresses ideas of memory and loss that are rooted within family stories and inherited narratives. Nishimura’s lecture is held in conjunction with the city-wide Japan/Philly2020 events. 




Partially supported through the General Activity Fund. In partnership with Tyler’s Printmaking Program.
Image: “Lillian Michiko Blakey” (2018) by Emma Nishimura. Courtesy of the artist.

Mark Focht: Landscape Architecture in the Public Sector

Mark Focht is a licensed landscape architect with over 35 year’s experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic areas of practice. As Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for NYC Parks—which encompasses over 1,900 sites and 30,000 acres in all five boroughs of New York City, including many iconic and world-renowned parks—Focht leads a team committed to delivering high-quality, maintainable and sustainable public spaces.

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Image courtesy of Mark Focht.

Critical Dialogue Series: Las Nietas de Nonó

Attention Tyler and Temple students: Sisters Mulowayi and Mapenzi are Las Nietas de Nonó. Stemming from an Afro-Diasporic experience in the island-colony context, especially by circumstances and elements that are present in their neighborhoods, they evoke personal archives via an intersection of disciplines to expose the systemic oppressions that racialized people have lived through generations.




Partially supported through the General Activity Fund. In partnership with Tyler’s Art Education and Community Arts Practices Department.
Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by David Moses.

Critical Dialogue Series: Shaun Leonardo

Attention Tyler and Temple students: Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary approach negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinity, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, non-profit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.




Partially supported through the General Activity Fund. In partnership with Tyler’s Art History Program.
Image: “Primitive Games” performance, 1 hour at Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, June 21, 2018. Photo by Paula Court.

Pamela Conrad: Climate Positive Design: Going Beyond Neutral

Pamela Conrad, principal at CMG Landscape Architecture, focuses on finding solutions to the climate crisis and planning for a resilient future. Her passion for the environment is “deeply rooted”—from growing up on a farm in the midwest, degrees in plant science and regenerative landscape architecture and experience restoring waterways at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

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Image courtesy of Climate Positive Design, courtesy of CMG Landscape Architecture.

Leslie Sauer: The Once and Future Forest

Leslie Sauer, a founder emeritus of Andropogon Associates, is a pioneer in the field of restoring and managing native landscapes. This talk confronts the major hurdles to sustaining and restoring our native landscapes as well as the actions we can take to enhance landscape resilience.

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