Spring 2021 at the Arts Research Center

This spring, the Arts Research Center will focus our programs around our Poetry and the Senses program. With eight new fellows and four exciting events, we are looking forward to making space for new conversations on and about emergency. Watch this space for upcoming announcements.

If you missed any of our fall 2020 Visual Activism events, I encourage you to visit our event archive here. Additionally, our ARC Blog offers summaries of almost all our events; we hope you’ll read our most recent posts here.

Remember to join our mailing list—link on right—if you haven’t already. That is best way to keep up to date with all of ARC’s events and news.

Julia Bryan-Wilson
Director, Arts Research Center


Upcoming Event | 4/26 | Poetry Reading featuring Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Natalie Diaz, and Aja Monet

During National Poetry Month, the Arts Research Center is thrilled to host a reading with three of America’s most compelling poets: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Natalie Diaz, and Aja Monet, on Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:30pm PDT.

Following their individual readings, they will be in conversation with Poetry & the Senses fellows Ken Ueno and reelaviolette botts-ward. This event will be live streamed on ARC’s YouTube channel, and live captioned. All of ARC’s programs are free and open to the public.

This event is funded by Engaging the Senses Foundation and co-sponsored by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs and the Center for Race & Gender.

Special Note: The Arts Research Center and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs are delighted to welcome Natalie Diaz on campus this spring. ARC will be hosting Diaz in a Poetry Reading with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Aja Monet (as part of our multi-year Poetry and the Senses Program) on April 26 (for details, click here), and the ICCTP will be hosting Diaz in conversation with indigenous intellectual, activist and artist Ailton Krenak on May 21 (to register, click here). We hope you will join us at both events to celebrate Diaz as a poet, activist, and public intellectual.


April 2021 | Poetry & the Senses Flash Reading Series

April – May 2021, Weekly Releases
Find the archive of readings here

In these continued changing times, ARC has taken the idea of a poetry festival and spread it out over a semester, online. The theme for Poetry & the Senses this past year has been emerge/ncy, and extends into the idea of voices we want to carry with us in imperiled times. We are interested in what is emergent or birthed at times of crisis, the voices that become maps, guideposts, and sustenance along the way.

In addition to larger monthly readings, we have also invited 20 Bay Area poets to be a part of a new Flash Readings Series. Each featured poet will give a 3-5 minute reading of one of their poems, related in some way to the theme. Find the archive of readings here.


Readings by our past Poetry and the Senses Fellows

A reading by Jenif(f)er Tamayo (link)

A reading by Jared Robinson (link)

A reading by Alex Saum-Pascual (link)


Now Online | In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice

In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, former director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.