Humanities Institute

Difficult Dialogue Fall Public Forum

Mon, November 5, 2012 | Avaya Auditorium, ACE 2.302

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Difficult Dialogue Fall Public Forum

"Surveillance, Space, and the Public."

Interested in stop and frisk policies? Right to privacy? Public safety? Come participate in a discussion on Monday November 5 with scholars, artists, and activists working on these issues.

The Fall 2012 Public Forum will highlight issues of art as critical engagement; linking historical modes of surveillance used to monitor people of color to contemporary practices; and the use of creative engagement with surveillance tactics to form community.


Panelists include:
Simone Bowne, UT Sociology Dept
Micha Cárdenas, Los Angeles based artist, scholar, and activist
Ernesto Yerena, artist and activist

The panel will be followed by small group discussion breakouts.

Simone Browne is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches and researches surveillance studies, biometrics, airport protocol, popular culture, new media, and black diaspora studies.




Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in social practice, wearable electronics, and intersectional analysis. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities was published by Atropos Press in 2012. Micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University.


Ernesto Yerena Montejano was born in El Centro, California, just 15 minutes north of Mexicali, Baja California Norte, México. Ernesto received his BA in Graphic Design and worked as artist assistant to Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant. In his own artwork, Ernesto focuses mainly on cultural subjects and issues within the Chicano community. His first solo show in Texas opened at Gravelmouth Gallery in San Antonio on November 3.



To learn more about our Difficult Dialogues program, please visit the program webpage.

For more information on the event, please contact our Difficult Dialogue Program Coordinator, Melissa Biggs at

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute

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