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FSU Leader-in-Residence to Share Social Practice Artistry With Students, Local Restaurant

FSU Leader-in-Residence to Share Social Practice Artistry With Students, Local Restaurant
Blaine Siegel

Blaine Siegel, social practice artist and Education and Outreach Director of Conflict Kitchen of Pittsburgh, will serve as the Leadership Studies Leader-in-Residence during hands-on sessions on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6, at FSU.

The annual FSU Leadership Studies residency program offers opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to interact with a leader or scholar to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of leadership. This year’s event sponsors include the Leadership Studies minor program, International Studies major program, African-American Studies minor program, the Department of Visual Art’s Illustration and Drawing courses and the FSU Office of Leadership and Experiential Learning.

Siegel is a multidisciplinary artist whose social arts practice includes the public artworks No Generation Radio and Northside Crossing in Pittsburgh. Siegel also works as the Education and Outreach director for Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh, which is a take-out restaurant that serves food from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict and educates diners about issues in other countries.

Siegel’s time at FSU will include visiting classes of the sponsoring programs, meeting with FSU faculty and staff, serving as a guest speaker for the annual President’s Leadership Circle selection reception and helping execute a special community event.

Siegel will partner with FSU Mass Communication alumna Jes Clay, owner of the farm-to-table eatery SHIFT in Frostburg, for a cuisine-based cultural exchange that centers around international food-preparation and dialogue – in this case featuring Middle Eastern fare. Students will invite community members to the event to share their local heritage.

Students in CMST 345 Conflict Management and LEAD 101 Introduction to Leadership Studies will help lead the planning and hosting of this event. This year’s experience also included a field trip to Conflict Kitchen, supported by the FSU Foundation.

Siegel’s No Generation Radio is a portable youth-operated podcasting station focusing on land re-use issues and themes pertaining to teen culture in Pittsburgh. Northside Crossing was a temporary public art project commissioned by City of Asylum Pittsburgh to use language in innovative and creative ways to create connections in the Northside community.

For more information on the Leadership Studies residency events or the Leadership Studies minor, visit or contact Dr. Elesha Ruminski, minor coordinator and associate professor of communication studies, at or 301-687-4480.

For further information on this release, contact:

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