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About the Series

Weekly art and design talks, gathering community around creative minds.

Established with the generous support of design professional, arts advocate, philanthropist, alumna, and friend Penny W. Stamps (19442018), the Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor to conduct weekly public lectures and engagements.

Penny dedicated herself to elevating opportunities for the culture-makers of tomorrow. In 2012, the U‑M Board of Regents named the School of Art & Design in her honor, creating the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. The School’s Stamps Gallery and Stamps Creative Work Awards are also named in her honor.

Speaker Series Events

The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Events take place Thursdays at 5:30 PM unless otherwise noted, and are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

In partnership with Detroit Public Television and PBS Books, videos of each Penny Stamps Speaker Series presentation will be released online the following week on Fridays at 8 pm for on-demand viewing. Some programs may not be available online, depending on artist requests. 

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Presenting Partners
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Media Partner
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Content Notice

In accor­dance with the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Stan­dard Prac­tice Guide­lines on Free­dom of Speech and Artis­tic Expres­sion, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series does not cen­sor our speak­ers or their con­tent. The con­tent pro­vided is intended for adult audi­ences and does not reflect the views of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan or Detroit Pub­lic Television.