Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work, and many departments host annual lecture series highlighting discipline-specific topics of interest. These events are open to the entire campus community—and often the general public, too.

We also offer prospective students several opportunities to connect with RISD, including on-campus and online information sessions throughout the fall.

Exhibition | Furniture Design

December 6,
More dates through December 11, 2019
Woods-Gerry Gallery

Exhibition | Black

December 6,
More dates through January 19, 2020
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

Please join us for Black: Color | Context | Meaning, a group exhibition curated by Sarah O'Brien MFA 20 CR.

Student gathering | Buddhist Practice 101

December 6,
More dates through May 1, 2020
Ewing Multicultural Center

Please join us on Fridays from 4:30-5:15 pm for Buddhist Practice 101, an opportunity to practice, study and encourage one another, ultimately striving for global peace through positive individual change. We also discuss current issues in society such as environmental problems, international/domestic conflicts, social justice, etc. from the standpoint of Buddhism. Feel free to stop by even if you are just interested in hearing about Buddhist philosophy and practice. We practice with Soka Gakkai International USA, a lay practitioners' organization with meetings across the country. The nearest location is the New England Buddhist Center, 303 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA.

Community service | Free rapid HIV/STI testing

December 9,
RISD Health Services

Free anonymous testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and Syphilis by APRI (AIDS Project Rhode Island). This is a walk-in event hosted by Health Services.

Community service | Flu clinic

December 11,
Upper Met

Students, staff and faculty are reminded to protect themselves from the flu! Stop by for a flu vaccination and please remember to bring your insurance card. No charge with BCBS of RI, Federal BCBS, Medicare Part B, UnitedHealthcare (including RISD Student Health Plan), Neighborhood Health, Tufts, Carelink. Different or no Insurance: $25

MLK keynote lecture | Michelle Alexander

January 22,
RISD Auditorium

RISD welcomes legal scholar, social justice advocate and New York Times columnist Michelle Alexander, who will deliver this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. keynote lecture. Alexander brings audiences profoundly necessary and meaningful insights on the practice of mass incarceration that plagues the US justice system, as well as eye-opening conversation on how we can end racial caste in America. In her acclaimed bestseller The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010), she peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the US prison system.

Exhibition opening | (RE) POSITION

January 23,
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Namrata Dhore BArch 21, Jisu Yang BArch 21 and Cherry Yang BArch 20.

Exhibition | (RE) POSITION

January 24,
More dates through March 1, 2020
Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery

A curated exhibition by Namrata Dhore BArch 21, Jisu Yang BArch 21 and Cherry Yang BArch 20.

Info session | Room selection and open house

January 25,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum

Students are welcome to attend a mid-year room selection information session followed by a tour of housing options for juniors and seniors

The City as Body Act 2: Design for Collaboration

February 11,
Center for Complexity
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Join Harvard Lecturer and Center Affiliate Arianna Mazzeo to explore how our bodies can become thinking tools. As people who live, work, and move through the city of Providence, how can we engage responsibly in the City by our action? In this encounter, RISD students will design interventions within the city of Providence. Participants will conduct interviews and consider the question: what is the future of education? Students will create a collaborative map, sharing their stories, reflections and outcomes from this common journey. Mazzeo is an educator, activist, and performer working at the intersection of creativity, design, and education for civic community engagement. Through action theatre and a multidisciplinary creative practice, she activates new pedagogies addressing complex systemic challenges through nontraditional design interventions and interdisciplinary performative practices for community and place through collaboration. Limited enrollment. Email for more information.