MARCH 28, 2024, 12:45-1:45PM

Campus Center, West ABC

Registration Recommended:


A screening of the short film RITES (2023), a collaboration between Elle Pérez and Dr. Evan Jewell at the American Academy in Rome, which flips between ancient Roman masculinity and its coming-of-age ritual of the first shave, and contemporary issues of trans masculinity, testosterone and trans rights. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Elle and Evan about how and why they made the film, and then Q&A from the audience.

Elle Pérez (Assistant Professor and Critic of Photography at Yale University). They are an artist from the Bronx, New York, who lives and works in New York City. Pérez primarily works in photography and moving image, depicting intimate moments, emotional exchanges, and visceral details within their portraits, landscapes, and films. Their work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, and has been the subject of institutional solo exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2022); the Carnegie Museum of Art (2021); Public Art Fund (2019); and MoMA PS1 (2018). They were included in the 59th International Venice Biennale (2022) and the Whitney Biennial (2019). In 2022-2023 they were a Rome Prize winner at the American Academy in Rome.

Dr. Evan Jewell (Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University–Camden). He is a Roman historian and archaeologist, who is writing a book entitled Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire (149 BCE – 79 CE). He has published on a variety of topics from the emperor Nero’s beard to concepts of youth to Roman colonization, and teaches classes on ancient history, historiography and gender history. In 2022-2023 he was a Rome Prize winner at the American Academy in Rome and a Getty Library Grant recipient at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.