Harvard GSD announces Fall 2021 public program

A photograph of an architectural project in China by one of the GSD's Fall 2021 event speakers, Open Architecture

OPEN Architecture’s “Chapel of Sound,” a semi-outdoor concert hall located outside Beijing, China. Photo: © NI Nan

Harvard GSD announces its series of virtual public lectures for the Fall 2021 semester, inviting designers and other curious viewers from around the world to join the school’s dialogue. This fall’s program offers 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 introduces 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 will take place virtually, are free and open to the public, and require registration, and all times are listed in United States Eastern Time (ET). Please visit Harvard GSD’s events calendar for more information, including registration details.

Live captioning will be provided for all programs. To request other accessibility accommodations, please contact the Public Programs Office at events [​at​]

Robin Winogrond, “In Search of Geographical Re-enchantment”
September 13, 12:00 pm

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

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

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, 12:00 pm

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

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, 12:00 pm

Black in Design Keynote Address by Lesley Lokko
October 9, 1:00 pm

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

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

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

Kenzo Tange Lecture: Christ & Gantenbein and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, interviewed by Jeannette Kuo 
October 20, 12:00 pm

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

Rachael Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lecture: Andrea Roberts, “The Community Core: Making and Keeping Place Heritage in Texas’s Freedom Colonies”
October 25, 12:00 pm

Daniela Bleichmar
October 26, 6:30 pm

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, 12:00 pm

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, 6:30 pm

“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, 6:00 pm

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

“Interrogative Designs: Conversations with Krzysztof Wodiczko”
November 12, 12:00 pm (Wodiczko with Erika Naginski) & 2:30 pm (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, 12:00 pm