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The University Magazine

Speakers named for ‘Visionaries’ series starting this fall

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Gannett Project logo by Stephanie Kirschen Cole

Award-winning graphic artist Alison Bechdel, best-selling behavioral economist Dan Ariely and prominent architect Jeanne Gang will headline the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s “Visionaries in Motion IV” speaker series for 2010-11. The series includes lectures, exhibitions, symposia and workshops by leading artists, thinkers and scholars in the arts, sciences and technologies.

Visionaries in Motion provides opportunities for interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration both on campus and in the Rochester community.

“Again this year we continue to push the creative edge in bringing many diverse and talented speakers to RIT,” says Mary Lynn Broe, the Caroline Werner Gannett Professor of Humanities and founder of the Gannett Project.

Bechdel is best known for Dykes to Watch Out For, a nationally syndicated comic strip running from 1983 to 2008, which was one of the first ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture.

Ariely holds appointments at Duke University in psychology and behavioral economics, business, cognitive neuroscience and medicine. His bestselling book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions, uses simple experiments to study the amusing, informative and often profound ways people actually behave.

Gang is the founder and lead architect of Studio Gang Architects. She is the designer of Chicago’s Aqua Tower, the fifth largest building in the world.

Additional speakers for 2010-2011 include political philosopher and master mechanic Mathew Crawford; experimentalist engineer in audio visual performance and interactive art Golan Levin; Rochester composer David Liptak; author-storyteller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and popular science writer David Bainbridge.

Will Dube ’09