Surprise Guest to Cap 10th Annual Student Engagement Lecture Series

The annual event will take place from September 21-23 on campus.

Self portrait of Russell Craig, courtesy of SozeManhattan College’s 10th annual Student Engagement Lecture Series will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in room 4C of the Kelly Commons with artist Russell Craig.

The events are open only to Manhattan College students.

Craig is a painter and Philadelphia native whose work combines portraiture with deeply social and political themes. A self-taught artist who survived nearly a decade of incarceration after growing up in the foster care system, Craig creates art as a means to explore the experience of overcriminalized communities and reassert agency after a lifetime of institutional control. 

Craig’s work has been shown at the Philadelphia African American Museum, and included in group shows like Truth to Power; State Goods: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration; and the OG Experience and has garnered coverage in outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Artsy, The Guardian, and The New York Times

Craig is an alumnus of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Restorative Justice Guild program, a 2017 Right of Return Fellow, and a 2018 Ford Foundation: Art For Justice Fellow.

On Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon, as a part of the series, the Multicultural Center will host a Tiny Talk, offering students, faculty and staff the chance to reflect on Craig’s presentation.

On Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Kelly Commons 4C, there will be an unannounced featured and headlining artist who will deliver what is sure to be a riveting presentation.

The series is co-sponsored by Manhattan College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Title IX and the Black Student Union.

By Pete McHugh