What role do artists and artisans play in protest movements? Artist, graphic designer and illustrator Charly Palmer will discuss that question and how artists can use their work not only to communicate a feeling but also directly influence society at large in a free, public talk at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Hershey Hall Grand Salon.

Palmer will deliver his talk in his role as a UCLA Regents Lecturer in the African American studies department.

Palmer was born in 1960 in Fayette, Alabama, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He relocated to Chicago to study Art and Design at American Academy of Art and School of the Art Institute. As a graphic designer and illustrator, he has run a successful design studio with a Fortune 500 clientele. As an instructor, he teaches design and illustration and painting at the post-secondary level — most recently — Spelman College.

Recently, Palmer worked under the pseudonym Carlos — his alter ego. Doing so allowed him to explore and experiment with spontaneity and fluidity. The result is a body of work that is less controlled and more abstract and primal. The fusion of his artistic styles has culminated into the perfect stylistic voice, which is fully expressed in his powerful Civil Rights series.

Palmer’s original artwork will be on display in the foyer.

The lecture is free, but attendees must RSVP by clicking here. Seating will be first-come, first-served.