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Media Coverage

Outgoing RISD President on the Past, Present and Future of Design Education

Architectural Digest interviews Rosanne Somerson on the eve of a new chapter.

Living a Creative Life

President Rosanne Somerson discusses the challenges of 2020 and the future of design education on Monocle on Design podcast.

The Design of Business

President Rosanne Somerson discusses the challenges and unexpected rewards of reconstructing design education on Design Observer podcast.

RISD Promotes Social Equity

The Boston Globe reports on RISD’s efforts to respond to activism, hire new faculty, boost diversity and return looted artifacts.

Design in Dialogue

President Rosanne Somerson discusses how RISD has been forced to reinvent itself in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Shifting in Times of Crisis

President Rosanne Somerson and alums Misha Kahn, Susan Sellers and Tavares Strachan discuss the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the future of art and design.

Learning During a Pandemic

President Rosanne Somerson joins fellow college presidents in discussing the complex challenges institutions of higher learning are facing in shifting rapidly to remote learning.

Somerson on Cultivating Perceptive Voices

President Rosanne Somerson discusses the challenges of educating students during COVID-19 and how to respond to the pandemic as a “call-to-action moment.”

Alumni Mentorship and Distance Learning

Hyperallergic discusses how RISD is adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the benefits of the recently launched RISD Network.

Art School Realities

President Rosanne Somerson discusses how RISD has pivoted to stay a leader in art and design education while serving an increasingly diverse student body.

Creative Process

Monocle profiles President Rosanne Somerson and RISD’s tight-knit leadership team.