The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Fall Museum Lecture Series

Russel Toomey
Frohawk Two Feathers
J. Edward Wright
Debi Chess Mabie

September 13 – December 13, 2018

Entry comes with the cost of admission: $8 for adults; $6.50 for Seniors 65+; and free for Museum members, students with ID, faculty and staff, military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children.

The Dunbar Pavilion: The Community Impact and Legacy of The Dunbar School | September 13, 4:00 p.m.

Debi Chess Mabie has over 25 years of nonprofit programming and leadership experience in youth and community development and in arts-based economic development. She received a BA in Social Work from Wright State University, an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was also a Peace Corps volunteer. Mabie worked as Executive Director of BooCoo Cultural Center and Café in Evanston, Illinois and was Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona where she helped shape the role of arts in Tucson. As a Community Impact Fellow with Dunbar Pavilion, Mabie is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with the Tucson community and business and civic leaders to serve Dunbar’s mission.

Transcending Death by Imagining Heaven | October 18, 4:00 p.m.

Dr. J. Edward Wright is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism and has served as the Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at The University of Arizona since 2000. Wright received his PhD from Brandeis University and did additional graduate study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of many articles and books including The Early History of Heaven (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Baruch ben Neriah: From Biblical Scribe to Apocalyptic Seer (University of South Carolina Press, 2003). He is also a celebrated lecturer and professor at the University of Arizona earning several teaching awards, including the prestigious “Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award” as well as the Honors College’s “Five Star Teaching Award.”

Gallery Talk with Artist Frohawk Two Feathers | November 8, 6:30 p.m.

Frohawk Two Feathers will speak about his exhibition What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1. – on display at the Museum through March 24, 2019 – at the Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Two Feathers’ work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including in Los Angeles, Cape Town, New York, and more. His art is in permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and the 21C Museum. 

Resilience Through Art: Findings from Mapping Q | December 13, 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Russell Toomey is a University of Arizona Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Family Studies and Human Development. He is also the Chair of the Youth Development and Resilience research initiative of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families. Toomey received his PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University in the Prevention Research Center and the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. He studies the processes by which youth with marginalized identities thrive and are resilient despite the barriers and challenges they encounter in an oppressive society.

Toomey’s focus is on health outcomes among youth who identify or express oppressed sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, and ethnicities – and the intersections among these identities. His research identifies ways to support identity formation, school and family resources, and coping mechanisms that contribute to health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes. At the University of Arizona, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on adolescent development, human sexuality, and advanced graduate-level applied statistics, and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate and graduate students.