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Rhode Island School of Design Presents Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker Series
PROVIDENCE, RI - Rhode Island School of Design presents the inaugural Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker
Series, kicking off with special guest Juan Enriquez on Thursday, January
5, 2012 at 7:30PM in the RISD Auditorium [Canal Walkway at Market Square,
Providence]. This event will be free of charge and open to the public, but
advance registration is necessary and offered on a first-come, first-serve
Shared Voices: The
RISD Presidential Speaker Series offers a forum for welcoming some of the
most expansive thinkers of our time to the RISD campus. Each is a master of his
or her domain but is also ready to transcend it, sharing our community’s belief
in the fruitful exchange of ideas that happens when artists, designers,
activists, scientists and other scholars really talk and listen to each other.
Faculty co-hosts will engage the speakers with the campus and students during
their visits. Public conversations, the centerpieces of each speaker’s visit, will
take place in the evenings, open to the RISD and local communities.
President Maeda worked with the RISD faculty to invite three
special guest speakers to campus to launch the series in early 2012. The
- January 5: Juan Enriquez, who studies
the impact of genomics and life sciences on society, co-hosted by Profs.
John Dunnigan and Shawn Greenlee.
- February 2: Lisa
Randall, a theoretical physicist focused on string theory, co-hosted
by Profs. Peter Yeadon and Dan Cavicchi.
- March 14: Kevin Kelly, former
executive editor of WIRED and publisher of the Whole Earth Review, co-hosted
by Profs. Eva Sutton and Brian Goldberg.
“Part of what inspires me about working at a world-class
academic institution is being around others who are similarly energized by new
ideas and expansive thinking,” said RISD President John Maeda. “In discussions
with our academic leadership, I found that there was an interest in expansive
thinkers to RISD to spark new conversations. With their help, we were able to
select people who will not only bring fresh perspectives, but whose own work
would benefit from an immersive campus experience and exposure to a RISD point