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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Past Lectures

Ken Fischer and Wynton Marsalis: Everybody In, Nobody Out  

April 9, 2021

Exploring community connection through the performing arts, UMS President Emeritus Ken Fischer and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis… Read More >

Raney Aronson-Rath: A Conversation  

April 2, 2021

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

Pipilotti Rist: Kind (of a) Talk  

March 26, 2021

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

Sun Young Park: Designing Health Technology to Empower Patients  

March 19, 2021

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

Chitra Ganesh: On Utopia and Dissent  

March 12, 2021

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 >

Jad Abumrad: Making "Dolly Parton's America"  

March 5, 2021

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

Sophia Brueckner: Sci-Fi Prototyping and Critical Optimism  

February 26, 2021

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

Jaume Plensa: Can You Hear Me?  

February 19, 2021

“Can You Hear Me?” is a documentary film that follows internationally celebrated Spanish artist Jaume Plensa for a year and a half,… Read More >

Candy Chang: Transforming Our Cities  

February 12, 2021

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

Pedro Reyes: At Home in Coyoacán  

February 5, 2021

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

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

January 29, 2021

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

Ayana Evans: Persona as Social Justice  

January 22, 2021

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 >

Amy Cutler: Telling Stories  

December 4, 2020

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

Raqs Media Collective: Kinetic Contemplations  

November 20, 2020

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

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

November 13, 2020

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

From the Archives: Temple Grandin: Thinking in Pictures  

November 6, 2020

NOTE: The scheduled presentation by Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola has been postponed due to technical difficulties. In its place,… Read More >

Nusrat Durrani: An American Prayer  

October 30, 2020

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

Ibrahim Mahama: In-Between the World and Dreams  

October 23, 2020

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

Philippa Hughes: Dismantling the Polarization Industrial Complex  

October 16, 2020

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social sculptor and creative strategist who produces art-fueled projects that spark humanizing and… Read More >

Form&Seek Design Collective: Never Normal  

October 9, 2020

Bilge Nur Saltik (Founder, Form&Seek), Aaron Blendowski (Artist & Designer) and Alison Wong (Director + Curator, Wasserman… Read More >