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Design Futures Forum Keynote Lecture: De Nichols

July 18, 2020
4-5p
Livestream on YouTube with live closed captioning

Keynote lecture to be livestreamed on YouTube with live closed captioning at 4p Central July 18; check back for livestream link

Designer and social entrepreneur De Nichols will keynote Design Futures with Sick and Tired: Reflections on Design, Illness, and the Fight for Racial Justice, a reflective talk about sustaining personal and collective well-being in the fight for racial healing and justice. Beginning with a poetic synthesis of conference themes, Nichols will share lessons from her challenges of navigating design projects with a chronic illness. She will interweave additional insights to assess the collective trauma of our current moment and propose a set of provocations that designers might consider as we design toward a more just and healthy future.

In her work, Nichols addresses issues within the built environment through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives. She is currently a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as an alum of Washington University (BFA10, MSW14). Learn more about her recent work in this Q&A>>

The Design Futures Student Leadership Forum (DFF) is a leadership development initiative that builds capacity for future leaders to apply the power of community-engaged design to address systemic racism in the built environment. As an anti-racist and interdisciplinary learning space, DFF trains design leaders to think critically about power and privilege and redefines design as a tool for racial justice and equity with and in marginalized communities.

The 2020 Forum is presented with support from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Enterprise Community Partners.

Additional public events include the Design Futures Forum Local Panel, which will be livestreamed from 1:30-3p Central July 19.

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