Public Lectures

In February 2022, I talked about Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Power in Design on two podcasts:

I talked with Nushelle de Silva on the New Books in Art channel of the New Books Network.



And, I spoke with the fascinating editors at Monocle on Design in the UK about mid-century modernism, comfort, race, and alternative readings of design history.

A big thank you to the wonderful folks at AIGA Boston, who hosted me for a lively conversation in February 2022 about some of my research on designer Add Bates and how we as a design history community might begin reassessing the canonical history of design. A link to the talk on YouTube is here.  




On April 29, 2021, I had the good fortune to sit down with two wonderful colleagues — Glenn Adamson, craft historian extraordinaire, and Parminder Bhachu, Professor of Sociology here at Clark — for a wide-ranging conversation about craft, design, history, and identity. It was generously sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities at Clark. A recording of the event is available at the link you can follow here.


On March 10, 2021, I gave a talk sponsored by the Friends of Goddard Library at Clark University about my new book, Mid-Century Modernism and the American Body: Race, Gender and the Politics of Power in Design. You can watch a recording of the talk at this link on the Goddard Library website. (Thank you to Laura Robinson & Marcia Stech!)


In November 2011, Wilson delivered the Eldredge Prize Lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.