Amplify Lecture Series

The Amplify Lecture Series is presented in conjunction with the School of Art and Design’s course titled “Artists and Designers in Real Time.” The series introduces students to the artistic production of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and People with Disabilities and provides the context for the evolution of contemporary art and design practice that addresses access and visibility for historically underrepresented communities. Guest speakers include artists, designers, curators, art historians, and scholars who focus on the pressing cultural concerns of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Radical empathy is a transformative agent that can fundamentally change our perspective by enabling us to consciously recognize other people’s circumstances. An untapped power, radical empathy has the potential to inspire positive change as it encourages authentic connections between individuals and communities of varying backgrounds and identities. The Amplify Lecture Series, with its focus on radical empathy, exemplifies the School of Art and Design’s commitment to acting as a force for the public good, with the goal of an equitable society.

Spring 2023

Thursdays 5:30 - 6:45 - Hepner Hall, Room 221

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February 2
Marisol Rendón
Artist, Designer, and Educator

February 9
Francisco Eme
Music, Sound - Art, Multimedia

February 16
Andrew Alcasid
Visual Artist

February 23
Yasmine Kasem
American - Egyptian Muslim Sculpture

March 16
Elizabeth Rooklidge
Independent Curator

March 23
Omar Pimienta
Artist, Writer, Scholar

April 6
Paloma Checa
Gismero Scholar of Global Contemporary Art

April 13
Courtney Starrett
Art, Craft, and Technology

April 20
Gosia Herc
Balaszek - Visual Artist

April 27
Christine Lee
Interdisciplinary Artist, Designer

FAll 2022

Thursdays 5:30 - 6:45 - Hepner Hall, Room 221

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Presented in conjunction with ART 104: Artists and Designers in Real Time and organized by ART 104 Instructor Claudia Cano.
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September 1
Lynn Susholtz
Artist, community activist, educator, founder of Art Produce and Stone Paper Scissors, San Diego

September 8
Mark Tan
Artist-in-Residence in Furniture Design and Woodworking, Fall 2022

September 15
Marisa Caichiolo, Ph.D.
Artist, curator, founder of Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica

September 29
Carolina Montejo
Artist, filmmaker

October 6
Monica Arreola
Visual artist, architect, director of 206 arte contemporánea, Tijuana

October 13
Sasha Reibstein
Artist-in-residence in Ceramics, Fall 2022

October 20
Yin Yu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture, SDSU; artist, designer, engineer

October 27
Details Forthcoming

November 10
Narsiso Martinez
Visual artist

November 17
Alana Hernandez
Executive director and curator of CALA Alliance, Phoenix

December 1
Denise Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego

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Credits: Photo: Yin Yu with her wearable art airMorphologies. Photo by JM Escalante.