The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Canadian International Council Waterloo Region (CIC Waterloo) are pleased to present US artist Daisy Rockwell and Christine Fair, assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), in discussion at the next CIGI Signature Lecture.

Entitled “Please Make it Stop! Traditional Portraiture in the Age of the Global 24-Hour News Cycle,” this event will feature Rockwell, granddaughter of acclaimed artist Norman Rockwell, and Fair engaged in an on-stage conversation about Rockwell’s recent work.  Her vibrant acrylic paintings feature dictators, jihadists, terrorists and other recognizable faces in world news, in a jarring, almost neon palette. The event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012 in the CIGI Campus Auditorium.

Rockwell, who holds a PhD in South Asia Literature, paints under the alias of Lapata and has shown her work in numerous locations including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. In addition to this Signature Lecture, CIGI and the CIC Waterloo are pleased to be presenting Rockwell’s work, in cooperation with the Waterloo Community Arts Centre, at the former Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo. Rockwell’s art can be previewed at

Members of the public who want to attend the Signature Lecture in person can register for through this link: Those who are not in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by registering through the link above. The event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Members of the media are invited to attend by registering with [email protected].


CIGI Signature Lecture with Daisy Rockwell and Christine Fair: “Please Make it Stop! Traditional Portraiture in the Age of the Global 24-Hour News Cycle”


Thursday, January 19, 2012


7-9 p.m.


The CIGI Campus Auditorium

67 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Daisy Rockwell paints under the takhallus, or alias, Lapata, which is Urdu for “missing,” or “absconded,” as in “my luggage is missing,” or “the bandits have absconded.” Rockwell grew up in a family of artists in western Massachusetts, some whose work adorns the surfaces of chinaware and brightens up the waiting rooms of dentists’ offices, and others whose artistic output has found more select audiences. From 1992-2006, Rockwell made a detour into Academia, from which she emerged with a PhD in South Asian literature and a mild case of depression. Nonetheless, she sometimes still teaches Hindi, most recently at Dartmouth.

C. Christine Fair has a PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to joining the Center for Peace and Security Studies (CPASS), within Georgetown University 's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, she has served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a senior research associate in USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention.  Her research focuses upon political and military affairs in South Asia.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 238, Email: [email protected]

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