09/13 - 11/15/21
All Day

Harvard GSD announced its series of virtual public lectures for the fall 2021 semester, inviting GSD alumni and friends, designers, and other curious viewers from around the world to join the school’s dialogue. This fall’s program offered speakers and events from across the design disciplines, as well as the return of the biennial, student-organized Black in Design Conference (October 8, 9, & 10), with the theme “Black Matter: Celebrating Black Spatial Practices from the Magical to the Mundane.” The Fall 2021 public program also introduced Harvard Design Magazine #49: “Publics” (October 28), as well as the exhibition “Interrogative Design: Selected Works of Krzysztof Wodiczko” with a pair of conversations with the artist on November 12.

All programs took place virtually, were free and open to the public, and required registration, and all times are listed in the United States Eastern Time (ET). Please visit Harvard GSD’s events calendar for more information, including registration details.

Live captioning was provided for all programs.

Fall 2021 Public Programs

Robin Winogrond, “In Search of Geographical Re-enchantment”
September 13, 12pm

Vittorio Lampugnani, “The City as Accumulated Knowledge: Urban Design and Research”
September 14, 6:30pm

Anne Anlin Cheng, “Monsters, Cyborgs, and Vases: Apparitions of the Yellow Woman”
September 21, 6:30pm

Harvard GSD Alumni Council Presents: “Design Impact: Following the Sun: Design Futures at the Intersection of Health, Equity and Climate Change”
September 23 & 24

Spiro Pollalis, “Sustainability and Climate Change: From Science to Design”
October 4, 12pm

Loeb Lecture: Reginald Dwayne Betts, “Felon: A play; A discourse.”
October 5, 6:30pm


Black in Design 2021: “Black Matter: Celebrating Black Spatial Practices from the Magical to the Mundane”
October 8, 9, & 10

Black in Design Keynote Address by Mpho Matsipa
October 8, 12pm

Black in Design Keynote Address by Lesley Lokko
October 9, 1pm

Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Zoe Leonard with José Esparza Chong Cuy
October 12, 6:30pm

Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Jamaica Kincaid
October 14, 6:30pm

Margaret McCurry Lectureship in the Design Arts: Jade Kake, “Indigenous Urbanism”
October 19, 6:30pm

Kenzo Tange Lecture: Christ & Gantenbein and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, interviewed by Jeannette Kuo
October 20, 12pm

Jane Bennett, “Out for a Walk in the Middle Voice”
October 21, 6:30pm

Rachael Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lecture: Andrea Roberts, “The Community Core: Making and Keeping Place Heritage in Texas’s Freedom Colonies”
October 25, 12pm

Daniela Bleichmar
October 26, 6:30pm


Gordon Parks, Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Introducing Harvard Design Magazine #49: “Publics” with guest co-editors Anita Berrizbeitia and Diane Davis and contributors Elijah Anderson, Tali Hatuka, A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, and Assemble’s Louis Schulz
October 28, 12pm

Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Eric Klinenberg, “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life”
November 3, 6:30pm

“Landscapes of Slavery, Landscapes of Freedom” conference
November 5, 6, & 7

“Landscapes of Slavery, Landscapes of Freedom” Keynote Address by Michael Twitty: “Beyond ‘Slave Food’: Re-Organizing the Perceptions and Potential of African American Foodways”
November 5, 6pm

Li Hu + Huang Wenjing | OPEN, “Imagine”
November 10, 7:30pm

“Monument”, Madison Square Park, New York City, 2020

“Interrogative Designs: Conversations with Krzysztof Wodiczko”
November 12, 12pm (Wodiczko with Erika Naginski) & 2:30pm (Wodiczko with Rosalyn Deutsche)

Wheelwright Prize Lecture: Aude-Line Dulière, “The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Stories on Dismantling and Reuse”
November 15, 12pm