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.

Ariel Waldman

Ariel Waldman

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

Ariel Waldman currently sits on the council for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to nurture radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is also the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory for citizen scientist participation in space exploration, and is the global director of Science Hack Day — a grassroots science prototyping initiative that takes place in more than 25 countries. Waldman was r

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Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie

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

Catherine Opie is an American fine arts photographer whose work explores the relationship between mainstream and marginalized societies, with an emphasis on sexual identity and how individuals inhabit their environments. Her portraiture, studio, and landscape photography has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including a midcareer survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2008. In 2017, a large survey of

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Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas

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

Emory Douglas worked as the resident Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1967 through the 1980s. In addition to creating iconic posters and postcards, a key part of Douglas’ responsibilities in this role included art direction, design, and illustration for the organization’s newspaper, The Black Panther. During his tenure, Douglas created powerful images to depict the reality of

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Blue Planet and Planet Earth Production Teams

Blue Planet and Planet Earth Production Teams

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

Tom Hugh-Jones is the producer of the David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth BBC series and has spent twenty-two years producing natural history and science documentaries for broadcasters such as BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery. When he was just four years old, Tom’s anthropologist parents took him to live with a tribal community in the Colombian Amazon, sowing the seeds of his passion for adventure in the wild. Since then, Hugh-Jones has worked on

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Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor

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

Nigel Poor is a fine art photographer, a professor at California State University, Sacramento, and a member of the Bay Area photo collective Library Candy. She explores the troubling questions of how to document life and what is worthy of preservation. Poor’s early work captured the various commonplace ways that individuals leave their marks on the world, including fingerprints, stains, human hair, and dryer lint.

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Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn

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

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and the author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for more than a decade. Rawsthorn speaks about design at major global events including TED Conferences and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Born in Manchester and based in London, Rawsthorn is chair of the boards of trustees at

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Bob Kramer

Bob Kramer

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

Bob Kramer is a master bladesmith, widely considered to be the greatest American knifesmith working today, and will share his relentless quest to forge the perfect knife. His love of the knife as functional form famously began when he worked as a cook at Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle when he was an oceanography student at the University of Washington. Kramer went on to become a graduate of the American Bladesmith Society in Arkansas, where he received s

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Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel

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

Hetain Patel is a conceptually driven British artist and performer who explores themes of identity and freedom with an attentive eye toward casting the widest net possible through the use of digital technologies, media, and YouTube. Humor, choreography, and pop-culture references are hallmarks of Patel’s work. Recent projects include commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London; performances at the Royal Opera House in London; and bu

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Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor

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

Lina Iris Viktor is a British-Liberian conceptual artist whose work centers around the age-old practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to call into question the nature of time and being. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, Viktor weaves together many disparate materials, uniting contemporary and ancient modes of making including photography, performance, installation, and abstract painting. In recent years she has focused on creating increasingly dark canvas

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