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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Past Lectures

Joyce Jenje Makwenda with Dr. Melvin Peters: Motown in Zimbabwe

June 22, 2017

Special Event: Thursday, June 22, 6 pm at Cultivate 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti Joyce Jenje Makwenda is an archivist, historian,… Read More >

Doug Miro: A Writer's View

April 19, 2017

Special Event: Wednesday, April 19, 7pm at MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit Screenwriter and Michigan native Doug Miro, with… Read More >

Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Hacking Biopolitics

April 6, 2017

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her… Read More >

Karim Rashid: The Future of Design  

March 30, 2017

Karim Rashid’s creativity finds form in commercial product design, hospitality and retail design, packaging, interiors,… Read More >

New Negress Film Society: I am a Negress of Noteworthy Talent

March 23, 2017

Originally formed to create community in an industry where Black women voices and stories are often suppressed, the New Negress… Read More >

Tracey Snelling: Multiple Realities

March 20, 2017

Special Event: Monday, March 20, 5:10 PM at UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor Through the use of sculpture,… Read More >

Saya Woolfalk: World Builder

March 16, 2017

According to The Huffington Post, Saya Woolfalk “doesn’t create artworks, she creates worlds.” A New York-based artist who uses… Read More >

Andrew Logan: The Artistic Adventure

March 9, 2017

Andrew Logan’s work spans the fields of sculpture, theater, pageants, jewelry, and interior design. As a scene-maker Logan is the… Read More >

Ping Chong: All Islands Connect Under Water

February 16, 2017

Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed director, playwright, and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. He is the… Read More >

Jonathan Barnbrook: What You Want Is Not What You Need

February 9, 2017

Jonathan Barnbrook is probably best known for his design collaborations with David Bowie, having created the covers for his last… Read More >

Sara Hendren: Wonder + Skepticism

February 2, 2017

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design… Read More >

Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth is I Love You  

January 26, 2017

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to race, identity, history, and popular… Read More >

Joe Sacco: Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics  

January 19, 2017

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social… Read More >

Meredith Monk: Pioneering Performance  

January 17, 2017

Special Event: Tuesday, January 17, 5:10 pm at the Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor Meredith Monk is a composer, singer,… Read More >

Robert Platt: Prosfuge  

January 12, 2017

International artist Robert Platt’s creative work encompasses painting, architectural installation, and moving image. Drawing on… Read More >

Roland Graf: From the Ground Up  

December 1, 2016

Austrian artist, architect, and designer Roland Graf crosses many disciplines to design objects, intervene in public spaces and… Read More >

Jane Fulton Suri: Inspired by Life  

November 17, 2016

Jane Fulton Suri is Partner Emeritus and Executive Design Director at IDEO where, for nearly 30 years, she has been uncovering… Read More >

Athi-Patra Ruga: Queenz in Exile  

November 10, 2016

Exploring the border-zones between fashion, performance, and contemporary art, Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that exposes and subverts… Read More >

Mary Mattingly: Sacred Objects

November 9, 2016

Special Event: Wednesday, November 9 at 5:10 PM - Rackham Amphitheater Mary Mattingly's work collapses boundaries between… Read More >

Fred Gelli: Inspiration from fruit skins and using design to change the world.

November 3, 2016

Fred Gelli is co-founder and creative director of Tátil, a strategic consultancy that uses design to create sustainable connections… Read More >