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9/7/14

University of Michigan • September Lectures: Penny W Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series




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Upcoming Lectures
Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Additional support is provided by series sponsors Michigan Radio, WUOM 91.7 FM and Arts @ Michigan.
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.
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Anna Deavere Smith
Fragility & Resilience

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.

Smith has appeared in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain, and Rent, and in television on “The Practice”, “The West Wing”, and currently, “Nurse Jackie”. The founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, she teaches at New York University.

Co-presented with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and with support from the U-M Office of Research, the School of Public Health, The Department of Theatre & Drama, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs.
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Pussy Riot/Zona Prava
Punk Prayer

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014




Founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot and Zona Prava, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are Russian conceptual artists and political activists. In August 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, they were sentenced to two years' imprisonment. In March 2014 they opened the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners’ rights NGO. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipients.
Pussy Riot is a feminist punk guerilla performance collective of approximately 11 women. Their unauthorized public performances address feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President Putin.
Zona Prava (Zone of Rights) was founded by Nadya and Masha on their December 2013 release from prison. The goal of Zona Prava is to aid those in prison who are ready and willing to fight for their rights. The organization provides information, legal representation, safety monitoring, advocacy and oversight.
Co-presented with the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies and with support from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
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Rei Inamoto
Art & Code

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50” , and in Forbes Magazine’s Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising, “Rei Inamoto is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, an advertising agency with offices across the globe.  He is responsible for delivering creative solutions for clients such as Audi, Google, Nike and Xbox. In 2012, Rei was inducted into “The Hall of Achievement” by the American Advertising Federation, honoring the top young talent of the industry. Rei is also a graduate of the Stamps School. 
With support from AIGA Detroit – the professional association for design.
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