Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected innovators from a broad spectrum of fields to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

Vinay Gupta

Vinay Gupta

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Vinay Gupta is an engineer, strategist, digital visionary, and future-builder. London-based and Scottish-born, Gupta has worked to address a wide range of some of the most complex challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century. Currently the CEO of Mattereum, a platform that harnesses blockchain to automate and streamline the systems of global commercial law, Gupta has played a massively influential role in the development of the blockchain industry. Nota

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Ibrahim Mahama

Ibrahim Mahama

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Ibrahim Mahama is a Ghanaian artist who considers the ways in which capital and labor are expressed in common materials through large-scale installations. In Occupation Series, Mahama focused on the jute sacks that are synonymous with the trade markets of Ghana where he lives and works. Fabricated in Southeast Asia, the sacks are imported by the Ghana Cocoa Boards to transport cocoa beans and eventually end up as multi-functional objects, used for the transport

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Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Born in Cheshire, England, and schooled in Liverpool, milliner Stephen Jones is a fashion icon. Coming of age during London’s street fashion boom in the late 1970s, Jones first made a name for himself as an uncompromising style-blazer at the legendary Blitz nightclub, where he was perpetually crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design. By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Those premises

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Mari Katayama

Mari Katayama

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Japanese artist Mari Katayama features her own body in a provocative series of works combining photography, sculpture, and textiles. Born with a developmental condition, she has only two fingers on one hand and had both her legs amputated at the age of nine; she has worn prosthetics ever since. In order to fill a deep gap between her own understanding of self and physicality and contemporary society’s simplistic categorizations, Katayama began to explore her

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Lauren Bon

Lauren Bon

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Based in Los Angeles, Lauren Bon is an artist who works with architecture, performance, photography, sound, and farming to create urban, public, and land art projects to galvanize social and political transformation. These “devices of wonder,” as she describes her work, are produced from her creative practice space, Metabolic Studio. With a heart for self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems, Bon seeks to inspire and uncover ways of regeneration over co

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Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Appropriating the aesthetics of fashion editorials and advertising, New York-based Marilyn Minter’s photorealist paintings examine banal realities, such as frozen peas or kitchen floors, often relegated to a hyper-feminized realm in popular culture and marketing, as well as contemporary notions of beauty and sensuality. Adding sweat, spit, hair, and dirt to the high-gloss veneer of advertising campaigns, Minter juxtaposes in-your-face beauty with the down-and

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Joe Caslin

Joe Caslin

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Designboom Magazine has Described the work of Joe Caslin as “towering works of art [that] appear like massive sketch books across the architecture of Ireland’s cities.” Caslin is the recipient of the 2013 Association of Illustrators award for New Talent in Public Realm Illustration. He creates highly accessible work that engages directly with the social issues of modern Ireland. Caslin confronts the subjects of suicide, drug addiction, economic marginaliz

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Marina Willer

Marina Willer

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker responsible for ground-breaking brand identities such as Tate, Serpentine, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Battersea. Before joining the design studio Pentagram as a partner, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London. Willer has constantly expanded her approach to graphic design to include moving image, exhibition, and experiential design. She released her first feature film Red Trees at Cannes

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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is internationally renowned as a pioneer in the field of socially engaged and public art. Her work incorporates the visions and voices of scores of people, in a practice that recognizes the essential collaborations involved in creativity. Her installations, videos, and performances have dealt with issues of sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, labor, and aging. Working collaboratively wi

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Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who is inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, mortality, and cultural displacement. Socialist propaganda and western advertising, island culture and contemporary city life are all aspects of his life that continue to inform his work. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Op Ed page and The New Yorker. He has

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