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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.


Upcoming Events

Ayana Evans: Persona as Social Justice

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Ayana Evans is a NYC based performance artist who grew up on the south side of Chicago. The sensibilities of both locations heavily… Read More >

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Eric Foner: In Conversation

Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Pausing for a moment of post inaugural reflection, following one of our nation’s most contentious presidential elections, his… Read More >

Pedro Reyes: At Home in Coyoacán

Friday, February 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm

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

Candy Chang: Transforming Our Cities

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang creates work that examines the… Read More >

Jaume Plensa: Behind the Walls

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Internationally celebrated Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is one of the world’s foremost sculptors in the public realm, with… Read More >

Sophia Brueckner: Sci-Fi Prototyping and Critical Optimism

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Inseparable from computers since the age of two, Sophia Brueckner believes she is a cyborg. As a software engineer at Google, she… Read More >

Jad Abumrad: Making "Dolly Parton's America"

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on nearly 600 stations across the nation and… Read More >

Chitra Ganesh: On Utopia and Dissent

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Chitra Ganesh is an artist living and working in Brooklyn. For the past 20 years, Ganesh's drawing based practice has shed light on… Read More >

Sun Young Park: Designing Health Technology to Empower Patients

Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Successful chronic illness management requires active patient participation and effective communication among the patient,… Read More >

Pipilotti Rist: Kind (of a) Talk

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, a pioneer of spatial video art, has been a central figure within the international art scene since the… Read More >

Raney Aronson-Rath: Profile

Friday, April 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

Raney Aronson-Rath is the executive producer of FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series, and a leading voice on… Read More >

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