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October 2020

Greetings RISD Alumni,

Inspiration and creativity are finding so many new forms at RISD right now. The college, the country and the globe are in the middle of a deeply challenging moment of history—and new work from students, faculty and alumni is guiding us. Our community is helping us to see this moment for what it is, and to see past it to how we can connect on the other side.

Whether it’s a video greeting to new students from alumni, a families-oriented reconfiguration of RISD Weekend, a new slate of faculty pushing RISD in new directions, an academic conference on the shifting meanings of postcolonialism, or the Apparel Design class of 2020’s book project that reclaimed the culmination of their RISD education—our community is not simply enduring. It is coming together in new ways, thriving and inspiring.

We are still planning for a grand celebration of this RISD spirit next spring. If you would like to help us plan and be a part of reunion weekend 2020, please send us an email. And remember you can always keep us updated on your activities and accomplishments through the RISD alumni website.

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Welcome to RISD alumni video
Welcome to RISD!  
A video greeting to the class of 2024 from eleven far-flung RISD alumni. Chiming in from Rekyavik, Vietnam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Providence, they offer advice, consolation and inspiration.
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RISD Weekend 
It’s almost here—and it’s different! Register now to hear directly from President Somerson, participate in live tours and other programming (much of it for families) and discover what makes RISD unique.
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New Faculty for 2020
RISD welcomes new full-time faculty members in Experimental and Foundation Studies, Fine Arts, and Architecture and Design.
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The state of Postcolonialism
The State of Postcolonialism
As meanings of “global” shift, has postcolonialism fallen into obsolescence? An online conference that invites artists, critics, curators and scholars to query the state of postcolonialism in modern and contemporary art.
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RISD alumni at reunion weekend
Call for Reunion Volunteers
Mark your calendar and call your classmates: June 3-6, 2021, is RISD’s next reunion weekend. We’re taking names: if you would like to help us plan and put on RISD’s first-ever June reunion—send us an email.
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Ready to Reshape Fashion
The Apparel Design graduates of 2020 missed out on showing their senior thesis collections in a runway show. So they re-channeled their energy to create a book: Collection 2020.
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The Power of Voice
RISD has partnered with Creative Capital to provide our alumni with powerful and timely professional development workshops. There are a limited number of seats at a deeply discounted rate for RISD alumni only.
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Time for a Career Change?
The RISD Network is designed to connect alumni with each other as professionals. When it’s time to make a transition, who better to talk to than the other members of your network? Join today!
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Upcoming Club + Affinity Events
10/14 Studio Tours with Matthew Curry IL 97 and Chase DeForest MFA 04 FD (Club of DC)

10/28 Founders + Entrepreneurs Talk with Rich Brilliant Willing Cofounders

10/29 RISD READS: A Conversation with Author Nell Painter MFA 11 PT

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