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  • Michael Scott Carbonaro

    Michael Scott Carbonaro

    Undergraduate, Art & Art History
    Ravenswood Reads Tutor, Haas Center for Public Service

    BioUndergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy at Stanford (starting Autumn Quarter 2023). My philosophical interests vary, but they are generally Epistemology, Skepticism (particularly Pyrrhonism), Feminism, and Existentialism. I am interested mostly in the analytic tradition, but find much value in the continental tradition as well. Skepticism is currently my primary interest -- both in ancient and contemporary ways -- as a way of life and as important for a critical and open mind. I read "The Skeptic Way: Sextus Empiricus' Outlines of Pyrrhonism" by Benson Mates as an independent study at College of Marin and continue to read ancient and contemporary readings (such as more of Sextus Empiricus' works and the Oxford Handbook of Skepticism). I find that the Skepticism of Sextus is closely related to Existentialism and hope to explore this, alongside logical and skeptical arguments within contemporary Epistemology. Feminism is newer for me, but also of great importance for exploring issues of gender and sexuality in a currently politically charged climate. I hope to push back against gender/biological essentialist literature, as well as bridge Skepticism into this discipline.

    As for general background, I was born in Mountain View, California in 1998, moved from Palo Alto to Novato at the age of 5, and have been there ever since. I was fortunate to find philosophy in high school, where I was given the opportunity to take a class at San Marin. My passion thus grew after high school, which caused me to return after a short break to college at College of Marin and receive my Associates Degree for Transfer in Philosophy.

    Outside of all of this, I am an avid lover of cinema, having watched over 250 films over the last 3 years, usually related to the Criterion Collection. I love all kind of movies, whether it be artsy-fartsy like Yi Yi, campy like Terminator 2, or spooky like Tetsuo the Iron Man. I play guitar and video games casually. Music I like is prog/post rock, electronic ambience, and more recently rap music. Video games range from brain dead shooters to story driven RPGs like Fallout. I play Magic the Gathering, a trading card game I've been obsessed with since I was 15, roughly 10 years ago.

  • Enrique Chagoya

    Enrique Chagoya

    Professor of Art and Art History

    BioDrawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the late 70’s, and also in Europe in the late 90’s, Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters Chagoya examines the recurring subject of colonialism and oppression that continues to riddle contemporary American foreign policy.

    Chagoya was born and raised in Mexico City. His father, a bank employee by day and artist by night, encouraged his interest in art by teaching Chagoya color theory and how to sketch at a very early age. As a young adult, Chagoya enrolled in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he studied political economy and contributed political cartoons to union newsletters. He relocated to Veracruz and directed a team focused on rural-development projects, a time he describes as “an incredible growing experience…[that] made me form strong views on what was happening outside in the world.” This growing political awareness would later surface in Chagoya’s art. At age 26, Chagoya moved to Berkeley, California and began working as a free-lance illustrator and graphic designer. Disheartened by what he considered to be the narrow political scope of economics programs in local colleges, Chagoya turned his interests to art. He enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned a BFA in printmaking in 1984. He then pursued his MA and MFA at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1987. He moved to San Francisco in 1995. He has been exhibitng his work nationally and internationally for over two decades with a major retrospective organized by the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa in 2007 that traveled to UC Berkelye Art Museum and to the Palms Spring Art Museum in 2008 ( fully illustrated bilingual catalog was published). In the Fall of 2013, a major survey of his work opened at Centro Museum ARTIUM, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital city of the Basque Country, near Bilbao, Spain (with a trilingual catalog documenting the exhibition). The exhibition will travel to the CAAM in the Canary Islands in 2015.

    He is currently Full Professor at Stanford University’s department of Art and Art History and his work can be found in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco among others. He has been recipient of numerous awards such as two NEA artists fellowships, one more from the National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, residencies at Giverny and Cite Internationale des Arts in France, and a Tiffany fellowship to mention a few.

    He is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, George Adams Gallery in New York, and Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. His prints are published by Shark’s Ink in Lyons, Co, Electric Works in San Francisco, CA, Magnolia Editions in Oakland, CA, ULAE Bay Shore, NY, Segura Publishing in Pueblo, AZ, Trillium press in Brisbaine, CA, Made in California in Oakland, CA, and Smith Andersen Editions in Palo Alto, CA.