Community Outreach & Engagement

The Woodward Lecture Series: 100 public lectures and counting... from 1998 - 2016

Since 1998, The CCS Woodward Lecture Series has remained one of Southeast Michigan’s most prominent visiting speaker series, attracting over 100 renowned artists, critics and scholars to Detroit.  It’s an invaluable resource for CCS students and the public alike, and central to CCS’s interdisciplinary curriculum.  In addition to public lectures, Woodward Lecturers directly engage with CCS students through critiques and roundtable discussions, fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for contemporary art and culture.  The Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

Upcoming Lectures

Kara Walker Flyer

Kara Walker, Multimedia Artist

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
General Motors Auditorium
A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education
460 W. Baltimore, Detroit, MI  48202

World renowned artist Kara Walker is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes, and more recently, for her monumental installations and performative projects that take on the problems of history. Her work is critically acclaimed for being smart, unsubtle, forthright, powerful and essential.

This lecture is free and open to the public. 
Doors open at 6 pm, and seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking in the CCS Woodward Lot located on Baltimore St. between Woodward and Cass. 

More Information

For additional information, please call 313.664.7800.

  • All lectures are free and open to the public.
  • Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure, located on Brush Street, just north of Frederick Douglass.

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