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​Dr. John Maeda

RISD President to Discuss STEAM in Delasanta Lecture

Dr. John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), will present the Providence College Liberal Arts Honors Program’s annual Rodney Delasanta Honors Lecture on Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Maeda’s presentation, “STEM to STEAM: The Meaning of Innovation,” will focus on how adding art and design to the national STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering, and math — can turn STEM into STEAM.

Maeda maintains that critical thinking, critical making, and creative leadership can lead the country to an enlightened form of innovation where art, design, technology, and business meet. He will share lessons from his journey as an artist-technologist-professor-turned president to reveal a new model of leadership for the next generation of leaders.

President of RISD since 2008, the Seattle, Wash., native earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in design science from the University of Tsukuba Institute of Art and Design in Japan, and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Maeda’s work as a graphic designer, computer scientist, artist, and educator earned him the distinction of being named one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire.

Maeda previously served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab. He serves on the boards of Sonos, Quirky, and Wieden Kennedy, and on the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. His books include The Laws of Simplicity (MIT Press, 2006), Creative Code (Thames & Hudson, 2004), and Redesigning Leadership (MIT Press, 2011).

The Rodney Delasanta Honors Lecture is sponsored by the College’s Liberal Arts Honors Program and named in honor of the late Dr. Rodney K. Delasanta ’53, professor of English and director of the program from 1987-2004.

— John Larson


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