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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community. 

Please note that Fall 2021 events are for the campus community only, and not open to the public. The College would like to thank Brattleboro Community Television for recording these presentations. 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Cat in the Shadows: My Journey to Illuminate the Elusive Leopard
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium in the Lewis Academic Building
Andrew Stein, Ph.D., Associate Professor


Democracy’s Regression in the 21st Century: Can this Global Challenge be Reversed?
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium in the Lewis Academic Building
Ambassador Adrian Basora


People Mountain People Ocean: On Painting the Crowd
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium in the Lewis Academic Building

Professor Andrew Stein

Jessica Tam, M.F.A.

Visual artist Jessica Tam will discuss her work, including the latest series of paintings and prints, which examines the use of ecological language to create an embodied response for invisible phenomena like political currents or viruses. In her current work, Tam uses the Chinese phrase “ren shan ren hai,” or a “human mountain” and “sea of humanity” to imagine the crowd as a torrential force that is potentially powerful in both threatening and uplifting ways.

Jessica Tam creates situation-specific paintings that stem from popular sport and entertainment, and evolve into immersive fictional environments. She has exhibited nationally and received grants from the Clowes Fund at the Vermont Studio Center, the NEA at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Al Held Foundation at the American Academy in Rome. Recently her work has been featured in The Boston Globe and Area Code, New England’s newest contemporary art fair that ran online and onsite around Greater Boston in August 2020. Images of her work live here:

Please note this event will not be recorded at the request of the presenter. 




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