Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

Meeting the Moment
with Michael Mwenso

and guest B. Stephen Carpenter II

12:00 pm Monday, September 20, 2021

Welcome to episode nine of Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso

This recorded and edited installment of the program features Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II.

Mwenso, a Harlem-based cross-genre artist, educator, and leader of Black roots band The Shakes, partners with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that speak to the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Carpenter, who became dean in January 2020, is a professor of art education and African American studies. He earned two degrees at Penn State and joined the college’s School of Visual Arts faculty in 2011. He began serving as interim director of the school in August 2018. Carpenter previously had tenure-track faculty positions in art and art education at Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, and Old Dominion universities. 

His research interests are in curriculum theory; professional development through art for pre-K–12 educators; public pedagogy and participatory art practices; critical art education studies; and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks aim to confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 100 scholarly publications, and presented at national and international conferences on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory. 

Watch the event beginning at Noon Monday, September 20. It will be available for streaming until Noon Friday, September 24.


Meeting the Moment is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Fierce Urgency Festival, with a theme this season of Hope-Resist-Heal.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board helps make this program free of charge.