ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan’s beloved Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series is back, but this year it’s virtual.
Previously held in Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater, the speakers series can now be watched through partnerships with Detroit Public Television and PBS Books.
Created by the U-M’s Stamps School of Art & Design, the free event series has included nationally and internationally known speakers and innovators from various fields since 1998.
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“While we’ve worked with DPTV in the past, I am thrilled about our partnership this year,” Chrisstina Hamilton, director of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, told Michigan News. “My goal was to continue to offer a dynamic season, but to also rethink the way that we present engaging digital content, and they have been instrumental in helping us do that. This season would not have happened without them.”
Leading up to the fall season, the speakers series partnered with PBS Books to make past and upcoming events available to 1,500 partnering libraries.
All of the events will be held at 8 p.m. EST.
Here’s the upcoming schedule:
- Sept. 25: Dr. Kate Stone: Sensory Experiences
- Oct. 2: Ken Burns & Isabel Wilkerson: In Conversation
- Oct. 9: Form&Seek Design Collective: Never Normal
- Oct. 16: Philippa Hughes: Dismantling the Polarization Industrial Complex
- Oct. 23: Ibrahim Mahama: In-Between the World and Dreams
- Oct. 30: Nusrat Durrani: My Country is Burning Within Me / An American Prayer
- Nov. 6: Pedro Reyes and Magalí Arriola: A Conversation
- Nov. 13: Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt: The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for Human Connection
- Nov. 20: Raqs Media Collective: Kinetic Contemplations
- Dec. 4: Amy Cutler: Telling Stories
During their talks, speakers and their content are not censored and is intended for adult audiences.
Pending speaker permission, the talks will be archived in the Past videos section of the Stamps website. This year’s season started on Sept. 18.