The GSD AASU is committed to advancing academic and professional development through a variety of events, including lunchtime lectures, workshops, mixers, and community service days. 

Poster as Protest: Artist Talk with Lo Harris and Monyee Chau

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 @ 6 p.m.
Virtual Conversation | Register here

This event brings two Harvard GSD communities, APIA and AASU, with the two artists in conversation about their work.

The role of posters as protest has acquired renewed urgency in the midst of a global pandemic and continuous protests movements surrounding social justice initiatives across myriad landscapes. Activism-based visual arts have been paramount to coalition building and personal expression. As artists of color, Monyee Chau and Lo Harris respond to conventional depictions of Asian-American and African-American communities respectively, using their artwork to sublimate stereotypes and empower underrepresented voices. This event brings together two Harvard GSD communities, APIA and AASU, with the two artists in conversation about how their works champion a more-equitable and just world.

Lauren (Lo) Harris is an Alabama-raised, Brooklyn-based, self-taught digital artist who specializes in illustration and motion design, and is currently an associate Animator at NBC News Digital. Her vibrant work aims to illustrate a more just and kind world through bright palettes, strong figures, and relational compositions showcasing confidence, humanity, and joy. Her designs centered on editorial projects, campaigns and environmental designs for lifestyle, technology, and beauty brands, as well as social justice initiatives. Lo has produced work for a number of clients including Amazon, Cosmopolitan, The Black Curriculum, Adobe, and The Ellen Show, and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Marie Claire, and HuffPost.

Instagram: @loharris_art

Website: Chau is a Seattle-based, Taiwanese-Chinese-American artist exploring their own cultural roots through sculptures, paintings, photography and poster-making. She received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018 and her work is far reaching: not only are they exhibited at various museums, such as Wing Luke Museum and Bellevue Arts Museum, they are plastered across American Chinatowns and popularized on social media. Chau’s work on Chinatown resilience responds to the resurface of racism with Covid-19, with her illustration, ‘Yellow Peril Supports Black Power’ becoming a powerful representation of racial solidarity.

Instagram: @monyeeart



Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
 @ 6:30 p.m.
Piper Auditorium | Gund Hall

We’re excited to hear about Justin‘s work with the Department of City Planning in NYC, the New York City Public Design Commission, and with his organization Urban Patch in Indianapolis. We’ll also be using his projects to launch a group brainstorm of engagement strategies that we can use as students and designers.



Saturday, March 4th
 @ 8:00 a.m.
Holliston, MA

The AASU and HUPO are having a joint community build day with Habitat for Humanity. Join us as we put our construction skills to use and help build homes!



Thursday, February 16th, 2017
 @ 6:00 p.m.
Rm. 505 | Gund Hall
*Refreshments will be served

Join us for an evening talk with Cedric Douglas, a Boston­-based public artist, designer, street artist and social interventionist who has created work in the community for over 20 years. Cedric holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Cedric is also the Founder and Creative Director of The Up Truck. Established in 2014, The Up Truck is a mobile art lab designed to engage under-served Boston community members through art and creativity, and was created with funding from The Boston Foundation and the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. In the last two years, The Up Truck has engaged ten communities and over 3000 Boston residents.


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Friday, February 10th
 @ 7:30 p.m.
Chauhaus | Gund Hall

The AASU will be hosting Beer ‘n Dogs along with AfricaGSD. Get excited!! We hope to see you there.

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