Throughout the year hundreds of renowned artists, designers, scholars and others visit RISD to speak and share their work. Their talks, along with a range of performances, openings and other special events, are open to the entire campus community and often the general public, too.

Upcoming events

Jan 3

Wintersession 2019 classes begin

12 am

Jan 23

MLK Series Keynote | Cornel West

7 pm | RISD Auditorium

The Office of Social Equity and Inclusion welcomes 2019 MLK Series Keynote speaker Cornel West, a professor, philosopher, author and activist. West is professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and a professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, and the University of Paris and has written and edited many books about race and democracy, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters and the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at visionary 19th- and 20th-century African American leaders and their legacies. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.

Feb 14

Spring 2019 Degree Program classes begin

12 am