Northeastern University Hosts Lecture as Part of Its Second Annual Visual Arts Lecture Series

Contact: Renata Nyul at 617-373-7424

What: Northeastern University and the Department of Visual Arts is hosting a lecture by Columbia University’s Laura Kurgan, an architecture professor. The event is part of the second annual Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The series exposes our students and the general public to nationally known artists and designers whose work is relative to the majors in the Department of Visual Arts.

Who: Laura Kurgan teaches architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is Director of Visual Studies and the Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL). SIDL is currently collaborating with the Justice Mapping Center (JMC) on a project called “Graphical Innovations in Justice Mapping” in selected states. She has followed the declassification of satellite imagery and GPS technology in a series of research projects across the significant political events of the last decade. This work, which has been exhibited internationally, is collected in You Are Here: Post-Military Technology and the New Landscape of Satellite Images, forthcoming from Zone Books.

Kurgan also runs an interdisciplinary design practice in New York City, blending academic research with design, information, communication, advocacy and architecture. Most recently Laura Kurgan Design has been working with New Visions for Public Schools on the re-programming and master-planning of 21 existing large public school buildings into campuses of small schools. For more information, please visit:

When: Tuesday February 27, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: 105 Shillman Hall, Northeastern University.

The event is free to the public. For more information, please contact Judy Ulman at 617-373-4340 or at

About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit