Guest Lecture: John Carlin

Feb 08 2017

Poster by Sindre Annweiler

Our guest speaker on Thursday is John Carlin, an annual favorite for his sage wisdom and design-business savvy. In the 1980’s Carlin, a master of many talents, was a Professor of Art, Film History and Popular Culture at Yale University, Williams College and elsewhere.

In 1990 John founded the Red Hot Organization, which quickly established itself as the leading international organization dedicated to fighting AIDS through popular culture. Over the past 20 years, Red Hot has produced 20 albums in a variety of genres ranging from hip hop and rock to country Latin and African. Red Hot has raised well over ten million dollars and donated it to AIDS organizations around the world.

In the mid-1990s, Carlin also started Funny Garbage, one of the premier web design and development companies in the United States, known for its leading work with media companies such as Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, MTV and US Weekly. In recent years, he has also continued his art career as the creative force behind such projects as the Imagining America documentary for PBS and the exhibition Masters of American Comics for the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA. John holds a BA from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and a JD from Columbia Law School.