Athesia in the City

Athesia in the City

from October 12-18th CITY [scanned courtesy of UR’s Rush Rhees Library]

Rebecca Rafferty’s October 12-18th CITY article Emerging Artists: Generating beauty from busy livesfront-cover-compressed includes a profile of Athesia Benjamin (SOTA, RIT, Professor at MCC).

You met Athesia several times during the Bernie Sanders campaign: on her appearance in a major campaign video and on her endorsement statement in the D & C.

And read Athesia’s sensitive essay on an experience with racial profiling.

Thanks, Rebecca, for drawing more attention to Athesia’s art.

In addition to Athesia’s sign displayed at a Ted Cruz rally at MCC, you also saw another of Athesia’s works, the unfinished “Fool’s Gold.” (below)


see also

Emerging artists coming of age in Rochester at the Corn Hill Arts Festival

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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