Nexus Podcast | November 11, 2021

The Nexus X Black in Design

Season 2, Episode 7: The Nexus goes live with Black in Design 2021: Black Matter! We reflect on two panels held on October 9th with attendees of the Black in Design conference.

The Nexus X Black in Design


This conversation is a collaboration between The Nexus and the 2021 Black in Design Conference. On October 9th, we joined attendees of the Black in Design conference to reflect on two panels held earlier that day: “Everyday Portals to Black Cultural Pasts, Presents, and Futures” with Emanuel Admassu, Felecia Davis, and Dorothy Berry and “Designing for Black Queer Pleasure, Joy, and Intimacy” with Ashon Crawley, Adam R., Leslie Wilson, Aneesah Ettress, and Malcom Rio. Topics ranged from accessible archiving, temporality, memory, and so much more.

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About Black in Design

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union, recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.

The inaugural conference was held in 2015, followed by conferences in 2017 and 2019. The fourth biannual conference, Black Matter, took place virtually on October 8-10, 2021.

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About the Show

Developed by the African American Design Nexus at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Nexus is a podcast that explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice through conversations with Black designers, writers and educators. The Nexus is produced in conjunction with a commitment by the Frances Loeb Library to acquire and create an open-access bibliography of various media suggested by the GSD community on the intersection between race and design.

Show Credits

The Nexus Season 2 is hosted by Tara Oluwafemi and Darien Carr, students in the Master of Architecture program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The show is recorded and edited by Maggie Janik, and the theme music is produced by DJ Eway.


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