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Art on the Frontlines

In determining how it would collaborate with the Humanities

“The World is Being Ripped,” by Seth Tobocman, was originally spray painted on the sidewalks of New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1980s

“The World is Being Ripped,” by Seth Tobocman, was originally spray painted on the sidewalks of New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1980s

Institute for the weeklong program “War and its Meanings” from April 21 to 25, staff at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center turned to the Archives and Special Collections department.

A recent opportunity for the Dodd Center to acquire a series of works by radical comic book artist and illustrator Seth Tobocman inspired the idea of looking at a broad range of artistic views on the theme of war.

“One of the things that makes UConn’s human rights program unique is the participation of our arts and humanities departments, such as Philosophy, History, English, and now increasingly the Art & Art History and Dramatic Arts departments,” says Glenn Mitoma, director of the Dodd Center, which is also home to the Human Rights Institute. “We wanted to highlight those contributions to get students in those majors excited about human rights on campus.”

Presentations will include “The Veteran Aesthetic: A Conversation about Art, Politics, and War,” by Chantelle Bateman, a poet and artist, and Aaron Hughes, an artist, at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center on April 21 at 1:30 p.m. Both Bateman and Hughes are veterans of the Iraq War and participants in the Warrior Writers project and Iraq Veterans Against the War. Drawings by Hughes are on display at the Humanities Institute library, located on the third floor of the Philip E. Austin Building.

Read the full story at UConn Today.

By Kenneth Best


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