Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Michigan

PBS Books is pleased to partner with the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Michigan to bring respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to people all over the world through their library and local PBS stations on social media.

PBS Books and Detroit Public Television, in partnership with the Stamps School, will stream each week’s event Fridays at 8pm on this page. Some programs may not be available online, depending on artist requests. Interested in receiving notifications before online videos go live?

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Upcoming Penny Stamps Speaker Events:

Friday, September 23 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Carrying Golden Threads” with Michele Oka Doner

Friday, October 14 @ 8:00 PM EST | “In Conversation” with Wynton Marsalis and Warde Manuel

Friday, October 21 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Wholeness in the Future” with Andrea Carlson

Friday, November 4 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Departure” with Cey Adams

Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Power and Participation in Public Art” with Paul Farber

Friday, November 18 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Collidoscope: A Retro-Perspective” with the De La Torre Brothers

Friday, December 2 @ 8:00 PM EST | “Hope for Flowers” with Tracy Reese

Friday, December 9 @ 8:00 PM EST | “To Be Heard: Public Art Interventions” with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Friday, December 16 @ 8:00 PM EST | “The Inherent Politics of Design” with Studio Safar


About the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps (1944−2018), the Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor to conduct weekly public lectures and engagements.

Design professional, arts advocate, philanthropist, and friend Penny W. Stamps dedicated herself to elevating opportunities for the culture-makers of tomorrow. In 2012, the U‑M Board of Regents named the School of Art & Design in her honor, creating the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. The Stamps Gallery and Stamps Creative Work Awards are also named in her honor.

Learn more about the Penny Stamps Series