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Lise Ragbir is a writer and arts-administrator who brings nearly twenty years of cultural management experience to her role as Director of The Art Galleries at Black Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her journey has taken her from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, to the United Nations, to a renowned Swiss corporate collection, to the most notable collection of public art in the state of Texas. From her work as a grant-maker with the Wallace Foundation to her work with museums and community-based cultural organizations, her experience spans public, private, for-profit and non-profit cultural initiatives. She holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University in Montreal, and completed her graduate work in Museum Studies at Harvard University. Her essays about immigration, identity and social-justice have appeared in the Guardian, Time Magazine, Hyperallergic and USA Today, among other outlets.Her short fiction has appeared in Intellect Journal. In 2017 she received Jack Jones Literary Art’s Tiphanie Yanique Fellowship. In 2015 was invited to Callaloo Journal’s Creative Writing Workshop in Barbados. She is first-generation Canadian of Trinidadian-descent, and lives in Austin, Texas.

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