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D-Crit Lecture with Nicholas Negroponte: “Reflecting on the One Laptop Per Child Project”
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
New York, United States
Nicholas Negroponte will reflect on his One Laptop Per Child Project, initiated in 2006 to distribute wireless Internet-enabled computers costing roughly $100 each to children in the world’s poorest and most remote countries. He will review the achievements of the initiative so far, and discuss how the project has responded to criticism and continues to recalibrate as it evolves.
Nicholas Negroponte is chairman and founder of the One Laptop per Child Foundation, which he started in 2006 to increase Internet access in developing countries. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. The MIT Media Lab has been the launch pad for many innovators in the field and now houses more than 500 researchers and staff. Negroponte is also author of Being Digital (Vintage, 1996), which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.
When & Where
MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu
136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street
The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. Learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. Understand the forces shaping contemporary design and immerse yourself in the controversies that challenge it; find your personal voice, hone your writing skills, and develop your critical stance. Join D-Crit alumni working as editors, curators, researchers, managers, educators, and bloggers.
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today.
We are already accepting applications for admission in the Fall of 2013. Please contact us for a tour and more information at email@example.com.