Artists in Harlem: Then and Now

Sponsored by Bing Overseas Studies Program


Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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Join Stanford in New York as they explore the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance and its influence on art in Harlem today. LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dr. Michele Elam, Terrance McKnight, and Kiyan Williams will speak with Dr. Katie Dieter about their projects and careers, and how the local artists from 100+ years ago helped to pave their way.

Moderator: Katie Dieter

Dr. Katie Dieter is the Associate Director of African and African American Studies at Stanford University. Prior to this role, she held the position of Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Department and the Art History Department at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts located in Kingston, Jamaica. She also served as the college's faculty representative for the Gender Ambassadors Programme, a government initiative that seeks to promote gender equality and education in Jamaica. Dr. Dieter also held an adjunct faculty position in the Cultural Studies department in the Institute of Caribbean Studies and Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona also located in Kingston, Jamaica. With a bachelor’s degree in African and African American Studies and Studio Art (metal sculpture and furniture design), an M.A. in Gender Studies, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in African American and African Diaspora Studies, her research focuses on the ways the visual and performing arts can be used as methods of knowledge production and resistance, particularly in the African Diaspora and in the field of African and African American Studies. In a 2019 publication in the Jonkunno Arts Journal, Dr. Dieter argued for the importance of the implementation of creative programs within Black Studies departments in order to further develop new ways to consider black identities, challenge oppressive representations, and reveal new interpretations of black identities, cultures, and histories. Dr. Dieter is also an artist and includes themes of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and nation in her artwork. In a forthcoming chapter to be included in an anthology on African diaspora dance, Dr. Dieter analyzes choreography with a creative auto-ethnographic approach in order to reimagine dance through her own paintings.

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