The 2020-21 Wellesley Deerfield Symposium

From Suffrage to Stonewall: The VIsual and Material Culture of Social Justice

Friday, April 23rd, 2021 and Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Free and Open to the Public. Registration Required for Zoom link.
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The years 2019 and 2020 marked significant anniversaries for the history of social justice movements in the United States, commemorating the many reform campaigns that have taken place from the 19th century to the present. These campaigns sought political, social, economic, and cultural change and deployed visual and material culture to advance their goals. The 2020-21 Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium will focus on research related to the wide range of artistic expression generated by social justice movements, from painting, sculpture, public performance and installation to ephemera, costume, and craft.


The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Barra Foundation.




The symposium is organized by Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield. For questions, please reach out to Martha McNamara, Director of the New England Arts and Architecture Program and Senior Lecturer in Art.