How Images Shape Our Understanding of Justice | Sarah Lewis | TEDxHarvardCollege

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How do images alter our sense of justice? Social media has changed how we ingest images. Protests, state violence, natural disasters, grief and loss are all played out in photos and videos in real time unlike anything we thought possible just a few decades ago. How images contribute to our notion of citizenship – of who belongs – in this moment in American society is more pressing than ever. This talk makes a case for why images are playing an increasingly crucial role in justice in contemporary life. Sarah Lewis is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She was guest editor of the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture, which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography. Her scholarship has been published in journals as well as in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Artforum. Lewis also authored the best-seller, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, translated into 7 languages. She is currently finishing her current book project on race and photography under contract with Harvard University Press. A frequent keynote speaker at universities and conferences from the TED mainstage to SXSW, her work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the History of Art. She lives in Cambridge, MA and New York, NY. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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