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"The Designer
"Envisioning Pluriversal Design" – Lesley-Ann Noel (Alberini Family Lecture in Design)
Lesley-Ann Noel, an innovator in design education research, will be the speaker for the fourth annual Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design at UC Davis.

The design community has made several calls to re-imagine a future design education, including calls to decolonize the field. In her presentation, drawing on her own positionality as an Afro-Caribbean designer educated in Latin America, Noel will share philosophies that could guide a new form of liberatory, anti-oppressive and anti-hegemonic design education, research and practice. This form of design education would be grounded in critical consciousness, positionality, an emancipatory world views, pluriversality, and critical utopias.

During the talk she will highlight the work of Latin American and Caribbean theorists that could ground these new ways of thinking about design. Finally she will share what design education practice can look like when it embraces multiple perspectives and is not centered around the assumption of a universal experience, whiteness or Westernness, by sharing the work of several designers who practice outside of North America or Europe, as well as sharing some of her own work. By sharing multiple world view and modes of practice, she hopes to challenge the audience to re-think both the definition and decolonization of design.
The Alberini Family Lecture in Design Series is supported through an endowment by the Carlos and Andrea Alberini Family Foundation, brings to campus renowned innovators and thinkers in design to inspire students and encourage community engagement and learning.

Nov 6, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Lesley-Ann Noel
Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice @Tulane University
Lesley-Ann Noel, Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University she draws on the fields of design, anthropology, business and education to create product development and business strategy with stakeholders. Her research practice is guided by an emancipatory philosophy. Noel focuses on developing design curriculum for non-traditional audiences and promoting the work of designers outside of Europe and North America.
Simon Sadler
Professor of Design (and Chair) @UC Davis
Simon Sadler teaches the history and theory of architecture, design and urbanism in the Department of Design and the Program in Art History. He is affiliated faculty with the Graduate Programs in Cultural Studies, Performance Studies, Art History, Transportation Studies, and the Environmental Humanities Supercluster.