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.

Marisa Morán Jahn

Marisa Morán Jahn

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

Thursday, January 24 at 5:10 PM

An artist, filmmaker, and writer of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn founded Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art and creative media affects the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth.

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Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez

Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez

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

Thursday, January 31 at 5:10 PM

A visual artist who trained as an architect, Amanda Williams’ practice blurs disciplinary distinctions. She employs color as a way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place, and value in cities and raises questions about the state of urban space in America.

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Juliana Huxtable

Juliana Huxtable

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

Thursday, February 7 at 5:10 PM

The iconic Juliana Huxtable is an American artist, writer, performer, and musician. Exploring the intersections of race, gender, queerness, technology, and identity, Huxtable uses a diverse set of means to engage these issues, including self-portraiture, text-based prints, performance, nightlife, music, writing, and social media.

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Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems

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

Thursday, February 14 at 5:10 PM

For over thirty years Carrie Mae Weems, through the use of image, text, film, and video, has created a complex body of work that centers on her overarching commitment to helping us better understand our present moment by examining our collective past.

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Clyde Petersen

Clyde Petersen

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

Thursday, February 21 at 5:10 PM

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based artist working in film, animation, music, installation, and spectacle. A proud member of the transgender and queer communities in Seattle, Petersen’s work explores identity and narrative form.

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Mapplethorpe in Performance: Featuring Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle

Mapplethorpe in Performance: Featuring Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle

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

Thursday, March 14 at 5:10 PM

This talk brings together the creative team behind Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a University Musical Society (UMS) co-commission exploring the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. The production will enjoy its world premiere on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16 at the Power Center. Composer Bryce Dessner and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle will discuss the range of artistic influences that informed Mapplethorpe’s wo

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David Adjaye

David Adjaye

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

Monday, March 18 at 6:00 PM

Sir David Adjaye is recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation. A British-based architect of Ghanaian descent, Adjaye garnered international acclaim for his globally-inspired designs, his innovative use of materials and light, and his reputation as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.

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Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars

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

Thursday, March 21 at 5:10 PM

MacArthur Genius Fellow Peter Sellars is an American theater director, noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays.

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Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell

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

Thursday, April 4 at 5:10 PM

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on utopian dreamers, pop music, and the odd cranky cartographer. Her most recent book is titled Lafay

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