Are We Actually Citizens Here?

In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure. She is the historian who introduced the world to Sally Hemings and the children she had with Thomas Jefferson, and so realigned a primary chapter of the American story with the deeper, more complicated truth. He collapses timelines on canvas, and created iconic images after Ferguson. Both are reckoning with history in order to repair the present.

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How Art Changes Us

Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us.

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Rep. McGovern, Titus Kaphar

Host Maria Garcia speaks with Congressman Jim McGovern, who just back from a fact finding-trip to El Salvador and Honduras, to shine a spotlight on conditions in those countries. Plus, contemporary artist Titus Kaphar on how his art interacts with the past, who artists should engage in the national conversation on national monuments,

This program aired on August 20, 2018.


Titus Kaphar: How Can We Address Centuries of Racism In Art?

Western art contains countless paintings and sculptures that reveal a painful history of racism. We can’t erase that history, but artist Titus Kaphar has begun the long and hard work of amending it.