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Sara Hendren



Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and writer who teaches design for disability at Olin College of Engineering. Her work is a mix of engineering and the arts. In her book, What Can a Body Do?: How We Can Meet the Built World, she invites us to rethink the things and settings we live in. By rendering familiarobjects and environments newly strange and wondrous, Hendren helps us imagine a future that will better meet the extraordinary range of our collective needs and desires. Her work has been exhibited widely and is held in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt design museum; her writing and design work have been featured in The New York Times and Fast Company and on NPR. Hendren has been a fellow at New America and the Carey Institute for Global Good. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

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Date: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:00 am
Location: Madsen Recital Hall
Faculty Moderator: Douglas Thomas
Sponsored by: BRAVO! & Department of Design