This week, the School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) at Parsons will present lectures by prominent artists as part of their two recently launched lecture series.On October 6 at 7:00 p.m., UCLA Photography Department Chair James Welling will discuss his abstract photography as part of the Fall 2009 Photography Lecture Series. Organized by Parsons’ photography programs, the series brings prominent and visionary photographers to the Aperture Gallery (547 West 27th Street) on select Tuesday evenings throughout the fall semester for a free public lecture on their craft. Upcoming participants include Lorna Simpson (October 27), and Luc Sante (November 17).On October 7, at 3:00 p.m., Parsons will present a lecture by painter Kurt Kauper, whose paintings depicting cultural icons in unfamiliar ways have been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Modern Art, and Deitch Projects. This event is part of AMT’s Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which brings leaders in the fields of art, media, and technology to the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (66 Fifth Ave.) at Parsons each Wednesday to discuss their craft. Upcoming participants include Reverend Billy and Savitri D. (October 14), Miguel Ventura (October 21), and Chico MacMurtrie (October 28).For more information on these series, please visit www.events.newschool.edu.