LEAP Dialogues

Thu, December 1, 2016, 4pm
panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mariana Amatullo with Sean Donahue, Dr. Laura Forlano and Ryan Murray

Mariana Amatullo is the vice president of Designmatters, ArtCenter’s award-winning social impact department. Since co-founding Designmatters in 2001, and later expanding it into a graduate and undergraduate department, she has helped conceptualize and manage a portfolio of global educational design projects, research collaborations and publications at the intersection of art, design and social innovation.

Sean Donahue is principal of Research-Centered Design, a Los Angeles-based design practice that explores how design can be utilized to make significant contributions to society. MFA, Media Design, Art Center College of Design; BA, Graphic Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. researchcentereddesign.com

Laura Forlano is an Assistant Professor of Design at the Institute of Design and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. Her research is focused on the intersection between emerging technologies, material practices and the future of cities; specifically, she writes about emergent forms of work, organizing and urbanism. One of her current projects focuses on driverless cars. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011). She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.

Ryan Murray is the Innovation Deputy, Mayor’s Office, City of Long Beach. He worked in government and nonprofit settings in New York City for more than fifteen years, after moving from his childhood home of Barbados. His career has focused on building partnerships to address social and economic justice issues and create opportunity for those most vulnerable. Most recently, he worked for the New York City Mayor’s Office. There he oversaw external affairs, and learning and change management for innovation initiatives designed to reduce administrative burdens faced by human services providers, and to improve residents’ access to programs and benefits. Mr. Murray has also served as a direct social service and HIV/AIDS education practitioner, community organizer, and capacity building manager for a City Agency which administered youth, workforce and community development programs. He holds a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Wind Tunnel Gallery

South Campus,
950 S Raymond Ave,
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice is an initiative of the graduate programs in Art and Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design. The Wind Tunnel, situated between the two programs in a former supersonic jet testing facility on Art Center's south campus, is a forum for speakers, conferences, exhibitions, residencies, screenings, and publications.

Parking is free or take the Gold Line and exit at Filmore Station.