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Design as the Healing of The Web of Life: Against Globalization with Arturo Escobar - Stephan Weiss Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Arturo Escobar is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His main interests are political ecology, ontological design, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with Afro-Colombian social movements in the Colombian Southwest. His most well-known book is Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. His most recent book is Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds.

The Stephan Weiss lecture series, hosted by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, is made possible by an endowment established by the Karan-Weiss foundation, Donna Karan, Gabrielle Karan, Corey Weiss, and Lisa Weiss.

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Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice


Parsons School of Design, School of Design Strategies


Anthropology, Economics, Global Studies and Migration, Politics, Social Sciences





#globalization, #design, #healing

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This event is part of the 2018-2019 Stephan Weiss Lecture Series. It is an invitation to explore a more nuanced understanding of globalization and the interactions between the local, national, regional, and global that it presumes. It will also be an opportunity to take stock about the good and the bad brought about globalization and its relationship with the power dynamics and ideologies of our fast-changing world. Presentations and panel discussions will feature critical discussions meant to provoke and incite reflections about the evolving role of our institutions and the responsibility of our individual and collective actions in nurturing participatory processes of innovation and change. These are conversations that will focus on wide-ranging themes that include: women reproductive and gender rights and wellbeing; distributed governance and the future of our cities; designs for the pluriverse in the Global North and the Global South; and innovative responses to meet the needs of displaced and refugee populations. Should we take comfort in the fact the world is becoming a more interdependent place? What is design’s role as a knowledge domain amid our current complexity? Can we imagine alternative futures for people to thrive across arbitrarily drawn borders and social and cultural divides?


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