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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields direct to your screen of choice with the support of our streaming partners, Detroit Public Television and PBS Books.

All speaker series events will be webcast on Fridays at 8 pm EST here and at You can also watch the talks and join the conversation on the Penny Stamps Series Facebook page.

Notice of uncensored content: 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.


Upcoming Events

Ibrahim Mahama: In-Between the World and Dreams  

Friday, October 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm

This conversation brings together collaborators of the ambitious Institute for the Humanities-led project, In-Between the World and… Read More >

Nusrat Durrani: My Country is Burning Within Me / An American Prayer  

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive and award-winning creative renowned for cutting-edge work in television, film,… Read More >

Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola: A Conversation

Friday, November 6, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political… Read More >

Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt: The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for human connection

Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Designing for human connection and mutual respect are common threads in User Experience (UX) Designer Kelly Murdoch-Kitt’s projects… Read More >

Raqs Media Collective: Kinetic Contemplations

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Raqs Media Collective, formed in 1992 by Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, argues for a mode of “kinetic… Read More >

Amy Cutler: Telling Stories

Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Amy Cutler is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for her enigmatic illustrations of women performing strange, cryptic… Read More >