The Ceaseless Optimism of Woody Guthrie’s Activist Life 

Woody Guthrie — the name conjures the wandering composer-as-busking musician serenading hard times, with the slogan “this machine kills fascists” painted on a six-string guitar. A series of recent projects around the artist dive into the life and work of the complicated, multitalented creator: Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song at the Morgan Library & … Read more

Like Elizabeth Holmes, Design Students are Being Taught to Present Optimism over Reality

As we enter the spring semester, faculty in higher education are once again guiding students through the end of their academic journeys including, in design degree programs, assembling project portfolios that signal the culmination of research, analysis, and synthesis around topics of often profound social important. As we do, I hope that the weight of … Read more