“Before I die, I want to_____.” Artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang asks strangers all over the world to publicly declare their personal aspirations through this simple chalkboard prompt. In 2014, Chang installed one of her famous “Before I Die” art installations on an 80-foot wall surrounding the construction site of the former University City High School in Powelton Village; passersby shared their dreams of writing novels, visiting Antarctica, and watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl. In April, Chang returned to Drexel as the fifth lecturer in the College’s annual Distinguished Lecture series where she explored the power of personal introspection in public space and what we can learn from our collective wisdom.
Previous lecturers in the series include author Sir Salman Rushdie, neuroscientist David Eagleman, media maven Arianna Huffington and religion scholar Reza Aslan.
Save the Date
Mark your calendar for the next CoAS Distinguished Lecture on May 5, 2016, featuring novelist Zadie Smith, whose book “White Teeth” was among TIME magazine’s “100 Best English-Language Novels Published Since 1923” (the year TIME was first published).