AMES, Iowa — A diverse group of artists, designers and educators will share their work in a virtual lecture series hosted by the Iowa State University College of Design this spring.

“Our goal with this series is to present broad, interdisciplinary approaches to art, design and community engagement,” said assistant professors Shelby Doyle, architecture, and Olivia Valentine, art and visual culture, co-chairs of the college’s lectures and exhibitions committee.

“Each of the speakers critiques, interrogates and reconstructs the world around them through diverse approaches to their work, including painting, electronic wearables, radical pedagogy and documentary film.”

Most of the presentations will be held over Zoom. Participants are asked to register online in advance to attend these free online events. Please note: This is not a comprehensive list of all lectures and events within the College of Design; individual departments and programs also host speakers and activities, which are promoted on our website and social media.

Spring 2021 College of Design Lecture Schedule

The Estate of Tameka Jenean Norris
T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, artist and assistant professor of painting and drawing, University of Iowa
Noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10
Register for this event

Emotive Design from Architecture to Fashion
Behnaz Farahi, creative technologist and assistant professor of design, California State University, Long Beach
5–6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
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Youth Design Center: Designing for Equity
Quardean Lewis-Allen, founder and CEO, Youth Design Center 
Noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, March 10
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Harmonious Spaces: A Search for Balance and Feng Shui Culture
Wei Dong, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in design studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Noon–1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24
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Shelby Doyle, Lectures & Exhibitions Committee, doyle@iastate.edu
Olivia Valentine, Lectures & Exhibitions Committee, ovalen@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu