John Sims is a true Renaissance man, which seems fitting, considering he is an alumni of Detroit’s Renaissance High School. Since then, Sims has gone on to have a career as a multimedia artist, writer, and producer — but even that is perhaps oversimplifying things. Over the years, his work has involved activism, mathematics, sculpture, music, poetry, performance, film, and curation.

The Detroit native will return to give a free lecture at Wayne State University, titled “MasterPlans of a Political Math Artist” on Thursday at the Purdy-Kresge Library Auditorium at Wayne State University.