Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Black Reconstruction Collective, “Black Reconstruction”

The image is black and white. Two couples stand outside of a small wood-paneled building. Both men are wearing dark-colored suits and both women are wearing long skirts, one plaid and one black, and long sleeved tops, one white and one black.

Photocopy of Historic Photograph, Photographer and Date Unknown: EARLY AREA HOMESTEAD - Nicodemus Historic District, Nicodemus, Graham County, KS

The GSD is pleased to present a series of talks and webinars broadcast to our audiences via Zoom.

*This lecture will be ONLINE ONLY. For security reasons, virtual attendees must register. Scroll down to find complete instructions for how to register.

Event Description

Ten Responses to One Question: What does it mean to imagine Black Reconstruction today?

After this lecture, respondents from the African American Student Union (AASU) at the GSD and AfricaGSD will join members of the Black Reconstruction Collective for a discussion and Q&A.

Screenshot of Caleb Negash presenting on Zoom. Negash is visible in the top right corner. The presentation shows a faded image of a small house, with the text "You think [black] is just one color, but it ain't..."

Screenshot from a panel discussion on Zoom featuring members of the GSD African American Student Union and AfricaGSD, with members of the Black Reconstruction Collective. There are 13 Zoom windows visible, with one person in each window.


The Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) provides funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora. The BRC is committed to multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary work dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design, and academia. Founded by a group of Black architects, artists, designers, and scholars, the BRC aims to amplify knowledge production and spatial practices by individuals and organizations that further the reconstruction project.

The BRC engages the public through an annual process of reviewing proposals and providing critical and financial support to projects that have been selected by the committee. This work will manifest in built commissions, research funding, exhibitions, events, and publications, that will collectively imagine transformations to the built environment in the Black Radical Tradition.

How to Join

Register to attend the lecture here. Once you have registered, you will be provided with a link to join the lecture via Zoom. This link will also be emailed to you.

The event will also be live streamed to the GSD’s YouTube page. Only viewers who are attending the lecture via Zoom will be able to submit questions for the Q+A. If you would like to submit questions for the speaker in advance of the event, please click here.

This is a live event only. Live captioning will be provided during this event. A transcript will be available roughly two weeks after the event, upon request.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].