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Penny Stamps Speaker Series reveals lineup for Fall 2023

Nadya Tolokonnikova, Chris Van Allsburg, and more join the series

Collage featuring work from Nadya Tolokonnikova, Sonya Clark, Carolina Caycedo, David de Rozas, and Juan Macias, Chris Van Allsburg, Refik Anadol, and Lynn Goldsmith

The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series proudly announces its exceptional lineup of visionary artists, activists, thinkers, and creators for the Fall 2023 season. The series will begin with a presentation by Nadya Tolokonnikova on September 14. Events take place at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Thursdays at 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted, and are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

Throughout the Fall 2023 season, attendees can look forward to captivating presentations and discussions on a wide range of topics, including activism, cultural identity, artificial intelligence, and more.

We are thrilled to present a diverse lineup of speakers who are pushing boundaries, sparking conversations, and reshaping the way we perceive the world around us,” said Chrisstina Hamilton, director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. This season promises to be a celebration of creativity, resilience, and the transformative power of art and ideas.”

Two presenters of the series are alumni of the University of Michigan. Chris Van Allsburg, one of America’s most innovative picture book creators known for The Polar Express, Jumanji, and Zathura, graduated from U‑M in 1972. Lynn Goldsmith, a photographer and crusader for copyright protection, graduated from U‑M in 1968.

Abstract artwork poster that reads Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series: Transmissions Fall 2023.

The full lineup runs weekly on Thursdays unless otherwise noted, from September 14 through November 30 and features the following speakers:

September 14Nadya Tolokonnikova

September 21Sonya Clark

September 26Orkideh Torabi

September 28Carolina Caycedo, David de Rozas, and Juan Macias

October 5John Maeda

October 12Chris Van Allsburg

October 19Refik Anadol

October 26Cannupa Hanska Luger

November 2Gabriela Ruiz

November 9Javaad Alipoor and King Raam

November 16Lynn Goldsmith

November 30Theaster Gates

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps (19442018), the speaker series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor to conduct weekly public lectures and engagements.