CORVALLIS, Ore. – American architect and sculptor Maya Lin, perhaps best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as a Yale University student in 1981, will deliver the next Provost’s Lecture at 7 p.m., April 26 at Oregon State University. Lin was originally scheduled to deliver her lecture last April, but cancelled due to illness.
The free event is open to ticket-holders only. Those who ordered tickets to last year’s event (including faculty and staff) will have first priority to order tickets to the lecture starting Jan. 9. OSU staff and students will then have the chance to order tickets starting Jan. 30. Any remaining tickets will be available to the general public starting Feb. 12 via Eventbrite.
Lin’s works have made an impact around the world, from a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama, to a piece along the Columbia River honoring the Lewis & Clark expedition and the Shantou University Bell Tower in China.
Lin will speak at 7 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a book signing will follow the program.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Lin has also designed a number of buildings, including the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. In 2009, she received the National Medal of Arts and a documentary about her life and work won the 1994 Oscar for best documentary. In 2016, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Lin describes her work as a dialogue between the landscape and the built environment, and her more recent work has focused on the crucial role of nature in the modern world. Her latest memorial, "What is Missing?," is in progress. It is described as a cross-platform, global memorial to the planet, located in select scientific institutions, online as a website, and available as a book, calling attention to the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.
As artist and architect for the Confluence Project, Lin has also designed public art pieces to commemorate the original location of Celilo Falls and other points of significance along the Columbia River system.
For more information or accommodation for disabilities contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation, the Provost’s Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to the Oregon State University community to engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics of cultural and global significance. Lin’s visit is also supported by the College of Liberal Arts.
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