Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent artists, practitioners, scholars, and researchers to Northeastern to share their insights on creativity, communication, collaboration, and working across disciplines. Speakers are nominated by the Dean’s Research Fellows and selected in partnership with the Dean.



Adaptive Design: Nurturing Achievement for Individuals, Design Teams, and Wider Society with Alex Truesdell

The College of Arts, Media and Design is thrilled to welcome Alex Truesdell to Northeastern on April 4 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. Read more about her here.


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Nick Cave – in Conversation

Artist Nick Cave spoke at Northeastern University on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 1:30PM in Blackman Auditorium. Nick Cave joined in conversation with Northeastern faculty Scott Edmiston, Department of Theatre and Sarah Kanouse, Department of Art & Design.

Drawing on his training as both a visual artist and dancer, Nick Cave works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, performance, and video. Cave’s Soundsuits highlight the artist’s oeuvre, meticulously handcrafted from found objects, recycled remnants, and discarded materials. They exist as both sculptures in themselves and (when occupied by a dancer), activated forms referencing ritual attire from around the world, responding to the globalization of cultural identity.