Students, faculty to lead 'Representation Matters' panel

RIT students Joy Anderson, left, Rebeca Posadas-Nava, center, and Aria A. Dines are two of the panelists for the Levine Center to End Hate's "Brave Spaces" online event.

Students and faculty of RIT’s College of Art and Design are partnering with a local community organization for an event examining issues of racism, antisemitism and other forms of hate. 

The Levine Center to End Hate is hosting “Brave Spaces,” a series of free online workshops and panels led by thought leaders and Rochester community members from various sectors. The event, set for noon-5 p.m. Sept. 13, aims to facilitate education, dialogue and positive action. 

College of Art and Design students and faculty are featured speakers for the Representation Matters: Media Imaging and Stereotyping workshop. Student panelists Joy Anderson (Film and Animation), Aria A. Dines (Film and Animation and Illustration) and Rebeca Posadas-Nava (Photographic Sciences and Photojournalism) will be joined by faculty moderators Mari Jaye Blanchard (Assistant Professor, School of Film and Animation), Mark Reisch (Assistant Professor, School of Film and Animation) and Catherine Zuromskis (Associate Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences). 

The Representation Matters session is scheduled for 2:15-3 p.m. during the Sept. 13 event. Registration can be done here.

The panel discussion will focus on the role images play in reinforcing and/or breaking stereotypes, according to the Levine Center’s website. The goal is to bring together artists, scholars, students and community members to explore a range of different media images while inviting an open dialogue through an ongoing Q-and-A.  

Eric Ward is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for “Brave Spaces.” Ward, the executive director of the Western States Center, is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence and preserving inclusive democracy. 

Student bios

Joy Anderson

Anderson is an animator and illustrator from Washington, D.C. She has worked as an animator at Learning Without Tears, where she created videos for online educational workbooks. She has also filmed athletic events for online livestreams and television broadcasts for RIT SportsZone. She is currently in her third year as a Film and Animation student.

Aria A. Dines

Dines is a 2D puppet animator and commercial illustrator who is pursuing two BFA degrees from RIT (Film and Animation and Illustration). Dines has worked as a freelance illustrator for RIT’s student-run Reporter magazine and assisted on multiple student-animated films as a colorist. Dines has personally completed two animated films and is currently working on animation and illustration capstone projects, which will both be completed and exhibited at RIT in the spring of 2021.

Rebeca Posadas-Nava

Posadas-Nava is a senior at RIT studying Photographic Sciences and Photojournalism. Growing up between the United States and Mexico has informed her curiosity for culture. She uses photography as a way to find intersections between stories, science and light.


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