Courtney E. Martin & John Cary


Martin’s book, “Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists”

Award-Winning Author
Courtney E. Martin
Design Activist
John Cary

“Design Stories: Beginning, Middle, (No) End”
Monday, August 6
6pm @ Tipton Hall/SFAI
$10 general | $5 students/seniors

Feminism in the New Media Landscape”
Monday, August 13
6-8pm @ SFAI
$10 general | $5 students/seniors

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to welcome – as part of our 2012 season of public programming, Half-Life – award-winning author and speaker, Courtney E. Martin and design activist, John Cary to give a lecture and workshop.

About the Lecture:
Design Stories: Beginning, Middle, (No) End
In this lecture, Martin and Cary will talk about their work at the intersections of design and social justice, with a special focus on the transformative power of narrative. Martin, the author of five books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, is a sought after speaker on the power of storytelling and the complexity of social change. Cary, the author of The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, has been at the forefront of the public interest design movement for the last decade, first as the founding director of San Francisco-based Public Architecture, and in more recent years, as a widely read writer, lecturer, and adviser to nonprofit, philanthropic, and urban advocacy entities. Together, they will explore the ways in which design affects the quality of life for everyday people and make an argument for the democratization of good design, focusing on emblematic projects throughout the world that have dignified the lives of their users.

About the workshop:
“Feminism in the New Media Landscape”
In this workshop, feminist blogger and author Courtney E. Martin will explore the new frontiers of feminist thought and action online. By exploring the feminist blogosphere and exciting efforts to harness its political potential, she will allow people with a wide range of online comfort and experience to enter into the conversation. Blogging has become the 21st century version of consciousness-raising, but beyond that, online organizing has become the new vehicle by which all of this consciousness gets exerted on the world. Interactive discussions about the gains and losses of these new methodologies will be crucial.

About Courtney E. Martin and John Cary:
Courtney E. Martin is an author, blogger, and speaker. Her most recent book, Project Rebirth: Survival and the Strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 Survivors, was published in August of 2011. She is also the author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women. She is Editor Emeritus at and a Fellow at Her work appears frequently in The Christian Science Monitor, GOOD, and The Nation, among other national publications. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre, and is a TED speaker. She is also the founder of the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy, a guerilla-giving group with chapters all over the country. Read more about her work at

John Cary is a cultural entrepreneur, pioneering a career at the intersection of design and social change. As a freelance writer, John has contributed to publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Fast Company, and GOOD, while blogging daily at His first book, The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, was published in 2010. He is also a research fellow at the University of Minnesota and consultant to nonprofit, philanthropic, and private organizations, focused on building the public interest design movement. Among other honors, John is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, and his Master of Architecture from Berkeley. Learn more about his work at

About Half Life: Patterns of Change:
Cycles of Creation, Decay, and Renewal in Art and Life
When an object or system stops performing its assigned function in contemporary society, we tend to replace it rather than repair it. However, artists redefine useless as useful by creating a new life for objects, and that renewed life alters the role of these objects entirely. Artists work similar magic with degraded landscapes, blighted neighborhoods, and other systems—infusing them with new purpose and expanding the potential for positive change. Ideally, this change is accomplished with the participation of the surrounding communities—transforming not only objects and systems, but also the communities themselves.

About the SFAI:
Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute’s mission is to promote art as a positive social force — both in our community and around the world — and to highlight art as a powerful tool for facilitating dialogue, bridging perspectives, and evoking visions of a better future.

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