This year's Max and Emma Lecture Series will feature Professor James Fathers from Syracuse University. Fathers holds the Iris Magidson Endowed Chair of Design Leadership and serves as Director of the Syracuse University School of Design. Fathers' lecture is titled “Engaged Design: What Did Design Ever Do For Us?”
*The lecture will be held on Monday, March 2, at 5:00 p.m. in 104 Bond Hall (Bond auditorium)
Professor Fathers’ teaching and learning activity focuses on sustainability, universal design and design in a development context. His significant research interest in socially responsible design has been developed with the delivery of a number of journal and international conference papers. His doctoral research focused on the role of design education in a development context, including a 12-month research sabbatical to India, where he worked alongside local crafts groups to develop appropriate design training strategies to facilitate enterprise development. Fathers is currently working on a book project for Ashgate Gower on the role of design in development contexts. He is also director of Just Add Spice, a London-based social enterprise that develops agency timebanking systems for communities and public services.
Fathers holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and a B.A. from South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education in Cardiff, Wales. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.