Special Event | Sacred Groves & Secret Parks: Orisha Landscapes in Brazil and West Africa


Thursday, October 3, 2019, 9:00am to 4:00pm


Graduate School of Design Gund Hall, 112 Stubbins, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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The Sacred Groves and Secret Parks colloquium and exhibition will bring together insights on the materiality and spatiality of Afro-religious diasporic practices, decentering Western canons of knowledge and leading to new design possibilities for Brazilian and West African cities.


Gareth Dohery, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies and of History at Harvard University; and Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Jacob Olupona, Professor of African Religious Traditions, and Professor of African and African American Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. 

Cosponsored by the Afro-Latin American Research Center, Brazil Studies Program, David Rockerfeller Center for Latin American Studies, Center for African Studies, Graduate School of Design, Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration, and Loeb Design Library.

For conference agenda and to register, please visit the event listing on the Graduate School of Design website. 


Sarah Banse