Fall 2017 Public Lecture Series

Kader Attia, installation view.

Posted by Liam Otten September 13, 2017


How does environment impact mental health? How does stress affect one’s emotional ecosystem? And how do interpersonal ties and cultural capital help maintain collective connections?

At 7p Thursday, September 14, psychiatrist and urban policy expert Mindy Fullilove will discuss her concept of "root shock"—which can follow war, natural disaster or the slower-moving displacements that accompany gentrification—in a talk that will launch this fall's free Public Lecture Series at the Sam Fox School.

The talk by Fullilove, a professor at The New School, is presented in conjunction with the PXSTL project A Way, Away (Listen While I Say), the first joint commission by Chicago-based artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez. Established in 2013, PXSTL is jointly sponsored by the Sam Fox School and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to explore how small-scale creative interventions might serve as catalysts for urban transformation.

In all, the Public Lecture Series will feature 12 presentations by nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators and designers. Events will continue September 15 with Kathryn Ewing, director of the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) Programme in South Africa; followed on September 18 by Sam Fox School architecture alumnus Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai.

Other lectures will include artists Lisa Anne Auerbach (October 2) and Candy Chang (October 9); curator Michael Roth of The Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin (November 8); and architect Lorcan O'Herlihy (November 15).

All talks are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Each will be preceded by a reception at 6p.

Fall 2017 speakers

Sept. 14
Mindy Fullilove
Professor of urban policy and health, The New School
PXSTL Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work.
*7p at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

Sept. 15
Kathryn Ewing
Workstream leader of planning and design: Informal settlements
Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Development, Cape Town, South Africa
Informal Cities Workshop Kickoff Lecture

Sept. 18
Bijoy Jain
Founder, Studio Mumbai
Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture

Sept. 25
Brian MacKay-Lyons
Partner, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund Lecture

Oct. 2
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist

Oct. 9
Candy Chang
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

Oct. 23
Peter Rose
Principal, Peter Rose + Partners
Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture

Oct. 25
Xavier Vendrell
Professor and acting director, Rural Studio, Auburn University
Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

Nov. 8
Michael Roth
Curator, The Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
*6p reception at the Kemper Art Museum
In conjunction with Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection

Nov. 13
Alan Gordon
Partner, Snohetta
CannonDesign Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering

Nov. 15
Lorcan O’Herlihy
Founder and principal, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects
Abend Family Lecture

Nov. 30
Ellen Blumenstein
Curator, HafenCity Hamburg
*6p reception at the Kemper Art Museum
In conjunction with Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons