Here's an e-mail from Heather Olson regarding the upcoming Insights Lecture Series.
"AIGA and Walker Art Center will again be co-sponsoring the Insights Lecture Series in 2008. I believe it will occur on Tuesday nights in March. The series features outstanding national and international designers with provocative viewpoints, and is held in the Walker auditorium.
Richelle Huff, an adjunct professor at the U of M, is helping plan the series, and has asked what we can do to encourage students to attend. Is it all about price? Transportation? Timing? Desired speaker list?
I know all of you appreciate it when the student member fee is discounted, both from the professional price and from the nonmember price. What price seems right for a 60-90 minute lecture presentation? Would a bus from your school help you get there? Is a 7 PM start time appropriate? Is there a designer out there whose work you are burning to see?"
As for my response, discounted price is always appreciated and a bus would be awesome! I think it would totally draw people in. We students are exhausted and a little sheep-esque... :)
As for speakers I would love to see Haley Johnson who did the "Looking Good for Jesus" chapsticks and bags. <--the kids love her!
The Method soap folks would be awesome too.
I think speakers that pertain to us is important. I think students have a finger on the pulse of new and cool. Other stuff is just not in our world, we aren't as exposed to the huge world of design as the grown ups. That's just my opinion, I'm sure others feel differently.
Any other suggestions?