Sarah Lewis

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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Author, The Rise
Guest editor, Aperture’s “Vision & Justice” issue

Sarah Lewis, a scholar and author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, sparked national conversation with “Vision & Justice” — the landmark issue of Aperture dedicated to photography of the black experience that explores, with eloquent reach, “what humanity looks like,” and how when we view race and justice through the lens of culture, we can enlarge our notion of citizenship, of who belongs and who counts.

Lewis’ work at Aperture won the prestigious Infinity Prize from the International Center of Photography, and is required reading at New York University’s Tisch School. Recently, it became one of Harvard’s core “general education” curriculum classes, with Lewis speaking to packed lecture halls about the role of art and artists to reshape our understanding of social justice, even history.

Lewis is an assistant professor at Harvard, in the Departments of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies. She has spoken on the TED main stage, at SXSW, appeared on Oprah’s “Power List,” served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, and been profiled in Vogue. She has held positions at Yale’s School of Art, the Tate Modern, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Lewis’ essays have been published in Artforum and The Smithsonian, and her book on Frederick Douglass is forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, her Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and her Ph.D. from Yale.