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Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis

Keynote Speaker: Author of "The Rise," Curator & Assistant Professor at Harvard

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Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Biography

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an art and cultural historian and founder of the Vision & Justice initiative.

Her research focuses on the intersection of visual representation, racial justice, and democracy in the United States from the nineteenth century through the present. She is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where she serves on the Standing Committee on American Studies and Standing Committee on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

At Harvard, Lewis pioneered the course Vision and Justice: The Art of Race and American Citizenship, which she continues to teach and is now part of the University’s core curriculum. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London. She also served as a Critic at Yale University School of Art.

Her published books and edited volumes include "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery," translated into seven languages, "Carrie Mae Weems," which won the 2021 Photography Network Book Prize, and the “Vision & Justice” special issue of Aperture magazine, which received the 2017 Infinity Award for Critical Writing and Research from the International Center of Photography. Her forthcoming publications include "The Unseen Truth" (Harvard University Press, 2024), "Vision & Justice" (One World/Random House, Fall 2025), and "Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law." The article on which "Groundwork" is based, published in Art Journal (Winter 2020), won the 2022 Arthur Danto/ASA Prize from the American Philosophical Association for “the best paper in the field of aesthetics, broadly understood.” An in-demand public speaker whose past engagements include TED and SXSWedu, she has had op-eds, commentary, and profiles of her work published in outlets including The New York Times, Aperture, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Boston Globe.

Lewis was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2022. In 2019, she received the Freedom Scholar Award, presented by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, for her body of work and its “direct positive impact on the life of African Americans.” Her research has received fellowship and grant support from the Ford Foundation; the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University; the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; the Whiting Foundation; the Lambent Foundation; and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

Lewis currently serves on the boards of Thames & Hudson Inc., Creative Time, Harvard Design Press, and Civil War History journal, and is a member of the Yale University Honorary Degrees Committee. Her past board service includes the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts, The Brearley School, and The CUNY Graduate Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an M. Phil from Oxford University, an M.A. from Courtauld Institute of Art, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She lives in New York City and Cambridge, MA.

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Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Videos

Black Art: Richard J. Powell with Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
This is Sarah Lewis. You should know who she is
How Images Shape Our Understanding of Justice | Sarah Lewis | TEDx

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Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Education and College. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sarah Elizabeth Lewis for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis generally travels from Cambridge, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tim Wise, Erin Gruwell and Temple Grandin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sarah Elizabeth Lewis for an upcoming event.

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Videos

Black Art: Richard J. Powell with Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
This is Sarah Lewis. You should know who she is
How Images Shape Our Understanding of Justice | Sarah Lewis | TEDx
Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Reviews

  • Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis did a great job!
    UNC Charlotte Art & History - Sep 12 2022

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