CIGI and the Canadian International Council Waterloo Region is hosting a public lecture with Daisy Rockwell and Christine Fair engaged in an on stage conversation about Daisy's recent work in regards to the intersection between her paintings and current global affairs.

Daisy Rockwell paints under the takhallus, or alias, Lapata (pronounced ‘láh-puh-táh’), which is Urdu for “missing,” or “absconded,” as in “my luggage is missing,” or “the bandits have absconded.” She posts her paintings regularly to Flickr, and writes for the blog Chapati Mystery and the literary review Bookslut. She has shown her work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, White River Junction, Vermont and North Adams, Massachusetts.

Lapata 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, Lapata 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.

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