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Rhode Island School of Design Presents Shared Voices: The 2013 RISD Presidential Speaker Series
Rhode Island School of Design presents its second season of Shared Voices: The RISD Presidential Speaker
Series, kicking off 2013 with special guest speaker Hal Abelson on
Wednesday, February 20 at 7:30PM in the RISD Auditorium [Canal Walkway at
Market Square, Providence]. This event is open to the public free of charge,
but advance registration is necessary and available on a first-come,
first-served basis at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
offers a forum for welcoming some of the most expansive thinkers of our time to
RISD. 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, technologists, and social scientists and
other scholars come together to learn from one another. Faculty co-hosts welcome
each speaker to campus and facilitate interaction with students prior to the
main event – the public conversation in the evening.
As part of the first Shared Voices series last winter, RISD welcomed bioethicist Juan
Enriquez, particle physicist Lisa Randall and co-founder of Wired
magazine Kevin Kelly for three inspiring evenings of open conversations. You
can view their talks online at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
This year President Maeda worked with faculty members to select
two special guest speakers for the 2013 series:
February 20: Hal Abelson , an award-winning MIT professor and computer scientist who, as founding director of Creative Commons and related organizations, is a driving force behind the worldwide movement to democratize access to intellectual resources. Co-hosted by Assistant Professor of Digital + Media Shona Kitchen and Assistant Professor of Painting Kevin Zucker.
20: Dan Ariely , a psychologist, social
scientist and professor at Duke University who is best known for a series of
unusual behavioral experiments shared through such recent bestsellers as Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty. Co-hosted by Professor of Illustration Jean
Blackburn and Interior Architecture Critic Daniel Hewett.
“Part of what inspires me about working at a world-class
academic institution is being around others who are similarly energized by new
ideas,” notes RISD President John Maeda. “Last year’s Shared Voices series
revealed some of the deep questions that both artists and scientists confront
in the name of progress, and some of the similarities and differences in how
they face them. I’m delighted there is a continued interest from our academic
leadership in bringing new thinkers to RISD to spark conversation. With their
help, we have selected two inspiring speakers who will not only offer fresh
perspectives, but whose own work will benefit from an immersive campus
experience and exposure to various points of view at RISD.”
More information about each speaker and information on
registration can be found at sharedvoices.risd.edu.
Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as
the leading college of art and design in the United States. Recently ranked #1 in Business Insider’s survey of The World’s 25 Best Design Schools,
approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing
full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio
majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of
artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its
hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which critical thinking
informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an
essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and
informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the
accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and
designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded
in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the
RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI among the most culturally active
and creative cities in the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu.