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Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, an interdisciplinary conversation series inviting leaders in art, media, design, and academia to weigh in on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues in their fields. Join the College of Arts, Media and Design for thought-provoking discussions with some of the most prominent creative minds in the country.

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Past Events

Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer: Terence Nance

The College of Arts, Media and Design is honored to welcome Northeastern Alumnus Terence Nance for our Fall 2023 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer. Nance will deliver his lecture, titled Liberation(s), Ritual(s), Consciousnes(s) Transformation(s), Dis-individuation(s), Beyond Information, on November 28th at 4:30 PM in the EXP Space. The lecture will touch on the interdisciplinarity of Nance’s recent work, including his forthcoming third season of Random Acts of Flyness on HBO, his recent exhibition SWARM at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and his musical career. The lecture will be followed by a short reception.

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Deans Distinguished Lecturer: Nonny de la Peña

Join the CAMD Office of the Dean for a conversation with Nonny de la Peña, Founding Director of Arizona State University’s Narrative and Emerging Media Program, and Founder and CEO of Emblematic Group. The talk will be titled: Embodied Narrative: Storytelling and Emerging Technologies.

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Wes Lowery

Wes Lowery: A Reckoning on Race and Objectivity in J

Join Dean Elizabeth Hudson and the School of Journalism on Oct. 18 to hear from a journalist on the front lines of this reckoning: Pulitzer Prize-winning CBS correspondent Wesley Lowery.

In a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed, Lowery argued that most media organizations do not reflect the diversity of the country, negatively impacting their ability to holistically cover Black and Brown communities and elevate the voices of journalists of color. He joins a growing contingent of Black journalists publicly demanding an overdue paradigm shift in a profession still overwhelmingly led by white reporters and executives.

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Alex Truesdell

Adaptive Design with Alex Truesdell

Nurturing Achievement for Individuals, Design Teams, and Wider Society

The College of Arts, Media and Design warmly welcomed Alex Truesdell to Northeastern as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Alex Truesdell is the Executive Director and Founder of Adaptive Design Association (ADA) and a 2015 winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. ADA is an organization that envisions and builds low-tech, affordable tools and furniture that enable children with disabilities to participate actively in their homes, schools, and communities. The organization aims to bring makers and users together to build custom adaptations – from enlarging the handle on a hairbrush for someone with minimal grip, to modifying a cafeteria bench for wheelchairs, to customizing switches so someone with limited speech and mobility can enter Morse code into their smartphone and carry on live conversations. Through these adaptive design approaches, Truesdell challenges the assumption that “disability” means fixed limitations and instead suggests that limitations can be minimized, or even eliminated, with effective user-inspired adaptations.

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