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Seed magazine’s Adam Bly to kick off

OCAD President’s Speaker Series

TORONTO, November 3, 2008—Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), announced Adam Bly, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Seed Media Group, as the first of three keynote speakers in the 2008–2009 President’s Speaker Series, which starts on Thursday, November 13 at 6:45 p.m.

At the age of 16, Adam Bly became the youngest researcher at the National Research Council Canada (NRC), where he spent three years studying cell adhesion and cancer. While at the NRC, Bly identified a cultural shift in the making: Science is transforming business, politics, the arts and current affairs unlike ever before; today, science affects every single person on the planet and science literacy is essential to modern society.

Bly set out to launch Seed, a new type of magazine that captured the ideas, issues and icons shaping this global science culture. At the 2006 Utne Independent Press Awards, his citation for the best science and technology coverage noted that “the best comparison for Seed is the early years of Rolling Stone, when music was less a subject than a lens for viewing culture.”

Under Bly's leadership, the New York-based magazine received two National Magazine Awards nominations in 2007, for Best Design and for General Excellence, the American magazine industry’s highest honour. Seed is now the flagship division of Seed Media Group, a science media company Bly founded in 2005 to extend the magazine’s mission to other platforms and markets.

“We are on the cusp of a 21st century scientific renaissance marked by accelerated advancement in neuroscience, theoretical physics and genetics, a culture war between science and religion, and the application of science as a tool for social change and economic development,” says Bly. “What is catalyzing this cultural shift, who is leading it, and where are we going from here?”

President’s Speaker Series presents
Adam Bly:
“The 21st Century Scientific Revolution: Shattering Disciplinary
Boundaries Between Science, Art, Design and Culture”

Thursday, November 13, 6:45 p.m.
Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
www.ocad.ca | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The President’s Speaker Series continues on February 5 with Lisa Jevbratt, new media artist and Associate Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, and on March 5 with Marie Battiste, Professor and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Saskatchewan and Co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre,.

More About Adam Bly
Adam Bly is the recipient of numerous international prizes. In 2007, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his achievements have been highlighted by former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien, “for showing people the scope and power of science not just as an object of study but as a key to understanding the world around us.” Adam has spoken around the world on the relationship between science and society in the 21st century, most notably at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Science and Technology in Science Forum in Kyoto, the DLD (Digital, Life, Design) Conference in Munich, the OECD-MOST Conference in Beijing, ideaCity in Toronto. He has also appeared at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at universities including MIT, Columbia, McGill, and Peking. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. He lives in New York.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile: Ext. 1327)

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