Wege Speaker Series

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In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s latest recommendations and our own desire to limited any potential future impact of COVID-19, we are canceling this year’s Wege Speaker lecture with Favianna Rodriguez scheduled for April 23 at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.



"Is the planet worth saving Wege Foundation" green graphic with a leaf
24nd Annual Wege Foundation Series

As a child growing up in Oakland, California, Favianna Rodriguez directly experienced the impacts of environmental racism in her community. Health issues such as asthma due to toxic air conditions plagued her neighborhood where Black, Latinx and immigrant communities lived. Favianna now tells stories about her experience through art and activism, addressing issues related to migration, economic inequality, sexual freedom and ecology.

Joining us for a conversation this year is Favianna Rodriguez, artist, activist, and president of the Center for Cultural Power, a national arts organization that engages artists in social justice. She will give her presentation ClimateWoke: How Art and Culture Can Advance Environmental Justice.

In 2016, Favianna received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigrant detention and mass incarceration. In 2017, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change. 


Aquinas College Performing Arts Center
1703 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 23, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

Lecture is free and open to the public. Reception will follow.

LIMITED SEATING RSVP by April 16, 2020