Presented by Susan Yelavich of the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Global Issues is both a course and a lecture series that is open to the community. It is designed to identify the broad issues that are shaping design and art—and in turn, culture—in the early 21st century. Beginning with an introduction to cultural theory, Global Issues looks at the ways design and art mirror, critique, and change contemporary culture. Guest speakers—drawn from the fields of art, architecture, and fashion, product, and communication design, as well as philosophy, anthropology, and design history—examine the concept of culture and its dynamics in light of the radical changes brought about by globalization. Collectively they demonstrate the unique potential of designers and artists to serve as both mediators and critics of culture through their studio practices.
This lecture is presented by Otto von Busch, assistant professor of integrated design, SCE, Parsons.
Future lectures include:
“Examined Life,” directed by Astra Taylor
Designing Time (Lecture in Great Hall, Cooper Union)
Anna Barbara, Professor of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano
The Social App Lab, UC Berkeley
James Holston, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Petrified Curtains, Animate Architextiles
Susan Yelavich, Assistant Professor, Parsons
Student Propositions for New York City Blocks
Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies, Parsons; Susan Yelavich, Assistant Professor, Parsons