“Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso” and guest B. Stephen Carpenter II
Watch the event beginning at Noon Monday, September 20. It will be available for streaming until Noon Friday, September 24.
Welcome to episode nine of Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso.
This recorded and edited installment of the program features Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II.
Mwenso, a Harlem-based cross-genre artist, educator, and leader of Black roots band The Shakes, partners with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that speak to the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Carpenter, who became dean in January 2020, is a professor of art education and African American studies. He earned two degrees at Penn State and joined the college’s School of Visual Arts faculty in 2011. He began serving as interim director of the school in August 2018. Carpenter previously had tenure-track faculty positions in art and art education at Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, and Old Dominion universities.
His research interests are in curriculum theory; professional development through art for pre-K–12 educators; public pedagogy and participatory art practices; critical art education studies; and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks aim to confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 100 scholarly publications, and presented at national and international conferences on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory.