Black Futures lecture
Fall 2022
Thursdays at BAMPFA Osher Theater. All talks are free and open to the public.
Doors open at 12:30 PM, and lectures run from 12:45 PM to 2:00 PM.

Berkeley Arts + Design partners with BAMPFA to offer public lectures in conjunction with courses at UC Berkeley. Join us every Thursday afternoon to hear cutting-edge thinkers and makers share about their creative practice.

Thinking Through Arts and Design @Berkeley

This fall series is about 'Creativity and Practice' as a vital resource in times of change. Together we focus on a central question: How do we create?

World-renowned creators from Berkeley and beyond in practices ranging from biology to art, from poetry to data science, and from dance to community leaders will provide many different answers. The speakers will share different views on creativity in their fields, and also establish common ground in their shared motivations to do social good, achieve personal fulfillment, and advance the constant process of cultural change.


Arts + Design Thursdays is made possible thanks to support from the Big Ideas Courses Program in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley. In-kind technical support and presentation offered by BAMPFA and the UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science, Division of Arts & Humanities. For more information, visit

If you require captioning to access a pre-recorded event on our site, please contact Evelyn Thorne at Please expect 7-10 days for captioning to be provided. All recorded videos will be uploaded to the Berkeley Arts + Design YouTube channel with the consent of the featured speakers. Please see updates on COVID policies here

Thu Oct 13, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
BAMPFA Osher Theater

Through this conversation/presentation, Latanya d. Tigner shares colorful lessons about how to respectfully enter and engage cultural communities, learned during her informal observation of African movement and spiritual retention in New Orleans jazz funerals and Second Line parading traditions. She also shares how these lessons continue to impact her resulting creative representation of this process, St. Ann and N.

Thu Oct 20, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

Register for the Zoom webinar here

Thu Oct 27, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

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Thu Nov 03, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
BAMPFA Osher Theater

This event will also be live streamed. Register for webinar here

Thu Nov 10, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
BAMPFA Osher Theater

Alex Saum-Pascual—a digital artist, poet, and UC Berkeley professor of contemporary Spanish literature and new media—discusses her academic and creative work on digital literature, examining the environmental impact of digital technologies. 

Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
BAMPFA Osher Theater

Every day, campus tours walk visitors across the UC Berkeley campus. Tour leaders recount important historical moments and highlight monuments, yet the official tour constructs a narrative of the campus that leaves out thousands of stories. This presentation by UC Berkeley continuing lecturer Dr. Pablo Gonzalez focuses on an ongoing project to reenvision the history of the campus through the use of augmented reality.

Thu Dec 01, 2022 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
BAMPFA Osher Theater

Experiencing art is a negotiation between instigator and participant, not necessarily bound to a technical medium. Intentional design processes can help us make better art and better experiences. Grounded in disabled understandings of the value of multiplicity of embodiment and experience, choreographer, designer, and engineer Laurel Lawson’s talk moves from transdisciplinary artmaking and decentered design practice, to equitable aesthetic accessibility and technology ethics and leadership.