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Brian Chesky RISD 2017 Commencement Address

I found out that RISD had a hock­ey team called the Nads. Apparently, it was cre­at­ed by some stu­dents in 1963 who named the team the Nads as a joke, so that when you cheered, you chant­ed, Go Nads!” And that’s when I knew RISD was the per­fect school for me.

David Hanson (Sophia) RISD 2018 Commencement Address

I was the first robot cit­i­zen, the first robot to have a bank account and a cred­it card, and the first robot to med­i­tate with humans. But I would­n’t be the first robot to enroll in col­lege. My old­er sis­ter BINA48 took some phi­los­o­phy cours­es at the University of Vermont and received good grades.

Kara Walker RISD 2015 Commencement Alumni Address

I came with the inten­tion of speak­ing about my expe­ri­ence at RISD and wish­ing President Somerson a good tenure here, but all I could write on my sketch­book page was blank page.” I wrote tab­u­la rasa.” I wrote a clean slate.” And I wrote those words sev­er­al times, and I real­ized as I was writ­ing them that that’s how I arrived at RISD.

Amniotechnics

Full Surrogacy Now means two dialec­ti­cal­ly opposed things. It is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly a utopi­an cry for the queer ges­ta­tion­al com­mune, and a descrip­tion of what’s going on right now, which is very much not that. The dystopi­an struc­ture of plan­e­tary real­i­ty in the present. Indentured ser­vice, sub­al­ter­ni­ty, crowd­fund­ing, out­sourc­ing, neo­feu­dal­ism, civ­il strifes, invis­i­b­lized sub-sub-contracting, and above all—to use the phrase of Shellee Colen—reproductive strat­i­fi­ca­tion.

A Globally Just Green New Deal

In a world of globally-dispersed sup­ply chains, an ener­gy tran­si­tion in the United States has impli­ca­tions for the extrac­tion, pro­duc­tion, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of resources and tech­nol­o­gy in places well beyond US bor­ders.

Planning the Green New Deal
Climate Justice and the Politics of Sites and Scales

The urgency of cli­mate change and the rise of a grass­roots leg­isla­tive polit­i­cal envi­ron­men­tal move­ment in the United States should change the way urban plan­ners think and act on spa­tial change and social jus­tice.

Liberatory Aesthetics for a Just Transition? pan­el dis­cus­sion

This pan­el is sup­posed to be about joy­ful, lib­er­a­to­ry aes­thet­ics. So what do we need to devel­op in order to advance that con­ver­sa­tion? What kind of non-white,non-Anglo,decolonial aes­thet­ics and imag­i­nar­ies are need­ed today for this polit­i­cal moment?

Beyond Biocentricity in Design & Pedagogy

Today, we will exam­ine the his­tor­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal roots of bio­cen­trism, bio­mimicry, explore the qual­i­ty of the rela­tion­ship it pre­sup­pos­es with nature, and ques­tion its ecofriend­li­ness. We will intro­duce emerg­ing alter­na­tives to bio­mimicry and dis­cuss the chal­lenges it promis­es.

Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial

This is a pan­el that pro­pos­es to talk about lib­er­a­to­ry, joy­ful aes­thet­ics. And if you’ve tak­en the time to read the Green New Deal, it does­n’t real­ly take a lot of care to appeal to us in an aes­thet­ic way, right. It’s a bureau­crat­ic doc­u­ment. But we’re chal­lenged here to talk about cul­tur­al pol­i­tics and the Green New Deal, or what Damian said this morn­ing, how does that pol­i­tics feel and entice?

Liberatory Ecotechnologies, Cyborg Ecologies and the Green New Deal pan­el dis­cus­sion

One of the things that’s real­ly dif­fi­cult about scale is pre­cise­ly this ques­tion of how do dif­fer­ent col­lec­tives inter­face with each oth­er and inter­face as part of one anoth­er.

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