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What is the relationship between art and activism? How should artists engage questions of racial justice? Have events in Ferguson changed those equations? On Oct. 3, four St. Louis-based artists will discuss these questions and more as part of the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival.


Louis Moreau Gottschalk was among the most popular American composers of the 19th century. On Oct. 4, pianists Mark Tollefsen and Jae Won Kim will perform one of Gottschalk’s most enduring works, “Ojos Criollos – Danse Cubaine” (1859), as part of “American Two-Piano Music” in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall.

Johannesburg is a modern global city, the second-largest in Africa, yet the legacy of apartheid has left it a city of spatial segregation. This summer, graduate students in the Sam Fox School's Global Urbanism Studio, including Melisa Betts, traveled to Johannesburg to study Corridors of Freedom, an ambitious urban design program that aims to improve transportation throughout the region. MORE
With “Boîte-en-valise,” Marcel Duchamp created an artistic retrospective the size of a salesman's sample case. Now the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum has acquired for its permanent collection an early example of this important work by one of the 20th century's most influential artists.MORE

In “The Divine Buoyancy of Being,” Cary Simowitz explores what happens when youthful dreams collide with economic reality, entry-level positions and the unintended consequences of a governmental shutdown. The play will receive its world premier staged reading as part of the A.E. Hotchner New Play Festival Sept. 25 and 26.


The Saint Louis Art Museum and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis have selected Andréa Stanislav as the 2015-16 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow.


In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, many in St. Louis have called for the city to increase its acceptance of Syrian refugees. Architectural historian Michael Allen says that St. Louis has a long history of welcoming, and benefiting from, waves of immigrants — and that the existing housing stock could easily accommodate thousands of new residents.

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