D-CritChaos Agents

Tue, May 14, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Celebrate our newly-minted MAs as they present independent thesis research on a broad range of timely topics...

  • Saprila Putri Anindita explores Indonesian gastrodiplomacy through coffee with "Java Beyond the Cup: Community and Coffee Culture in Indonesia."
  • Olivia Trabysh reveals the connection between the design of highways and abortion bans in Texas in "The Eyes of Texas: Interstate Surveillance and Bodily Autonomy in Amarillo."
  • AJ Kushner illuminates queer domesticity and interior design in "The Wrights at Manitoga: Reverse-Queering American Modern Domesticity."
  • Allison Hewitt Ward calls for agency in activism with "Food Fights: A History of Vandalism as Activism in Art Museums." 
  • Maxwell Lent discusses the paradox of protecting spaces of welcome with "Safety and the Synagogue: The Intersection of Hospitality and Security in the 21st-Century."
  • El. Stern decodes the development of Russia's militaristic identity in "Weaponized Letters: The Role of Z, O, V in the Russo-Ukrainian War."

Closing the program will be a conversation between authors and D-Crit faculty Jon Key and Jennifer Kabat as they discuss their new books, Black, Queer, and Untold and The Eighth Moon, and the process of research to publication. 

Presentations will be followed by a reception and the launch of the Class of 2024's publication Chaos Agents, with contributions from D-Crit alumni and produced in collaboration with our publication-in-residence, New York Review of Architecture.

Doors open at 5:00pm