The rare energy and excitement at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Black in Design Conference organized by the African American Student Union this past weekend was no doubt due to the star-studded lineup of speakers and facilitators as well as the ambitious program. The schedule was thoughtfully constructed to include issues from the personal to the global and to cover or at least annotate all the bases that designers, students and academicians will return to again and again in examining their values, their practice, their field and their impact on society.
Loebs were in force for the events: Toni Griffin (LF ’98), Phil Freelon (LF ’90), Deanna Van Buren (LF ’13) , Kimberly Driggins (current), Maurice Cox (LF ’05), Seitu Jones (LF ’02), Euneika Rogers-Sipp (current) and Brent Leggs (LF ’11) spoke fluently about their work and their engagement with issues of race and equity.
In addition to robust participation by students, faculty and Loeb Fellows, the audience included members of the alumni community, other Harvard programs and other schools in the Boston area, NY and beyond. Loebloggers were present as organizers, volunteers, participants and recorders. The first of their reports are coming in, and over the next week we’ll be rolling them out in the LOEBlog.