Community Outreach & Engagement

The Toyota Lecture Series in Design

The Toyota Lecture Series was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Upcoming Lectures

Dr. John Jordan

Dr. John Jordan
Professor of Practice and Director of the Doctorate in Professional Studies Program
Syracuse University School of Information Science

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 
6:00 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building

Lecture Title: Will Designers Become Robots?

John Jordan is professor of practice and director of the Doctorate in Professional Studies program at the Syracuse University School of Information Science. He joins the school after 14 years at Penn State University where he taught online marketing, analytics, innovation, supply chain, and digital strategy. He is the author of six books, most recently Robots and 3D Printing, both in the Essential Knowledge series at MIT Press; his Early Indications newsletter has been distributed monthly since 1997. In addition to consulting with firms in every major industry vertical on four continents, he has won teaching awards at Michigan, Harvard, and Penn State.

Future Lectures

Scott Francisco 
Founder and Director of Pilot Projects Design Collective 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Anderson Auditorium

Birgit Mager
President of Service Design Network gGmbH  
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Anderson Auditorium

Lawrence Burns
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Anderson Auditorium

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Anderson Auditorium

Eddie Opara
Partner in Charge, Creative Director

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
Anderson Auditorium

Claude Zellweger
UX Director, Google

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Anderson Auditorium