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Upcoming Colloquia


Koehn Colloquia


Nailing the Epic Challenge

Koehn Colloquia

Can massive design thinking make global breakthroughs?

A year-long series of events, classes, exhibitions, and forums to explore how technology, design thinking, and cross–disciplinary education and practice can solve critical issues in global health and human wellness. The Koehn Colloquia are sponsored by the School of Architecture and Allied Arts and the office of Academic Affairs and presented by the UO Digital Arts and Product Design Programs.


PD 410 Epic Challenges

Epic Challenges Trade Show

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1122 E. 13th Avenue
Eugene Oregon 97403

Twenty teams of students will present their solutions to an epic challenge—the design of the "Next Generation Condom."
This event is free and open to all UO students, faculty members, and the public.

There are epic challenges in the world that we wish someone would solve. These are problems with both local and global affects, like disease prevention, global warming, and potable water access. These problems are massive, messy, chaotic, and controversial, making them difficult, if not impossible to solve. Design thinking emphasizes the benefits of interdisciplinary problem-solving, which are needed to solve an epic challenge. Using the strategies and tactics of design thinking, this class created concepts for entry in the next Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations to redesign, research, and improve sexual health worldwide by redesigning the condom.

Learn to challenge yourself and change the world. Using principles of design thinking, students apply skills, talents and expertise from their major, interests, and life to an epic problem that has both local and international consequences.

The Koehn Colloquia are sponsored by the School of Architecture and Allied Arts and Academic Affairs and presented by the UO Digital Arts and Product Design Programs.

Kiersten Muenchinger, program director, Product Design Program
John Park, instructor, Digital Arts Program, Department of Art

Panel Discussion: The Edge of Educational Technology

Panel discussion on October 23, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Using interactive technology to improve education is the focus of a colloquium exploring how technology, design, and cross–disciplinary education can solve global health issues. “The Edge of Educational Technology” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 177, 1190 Franklin Boulevard in Eugene.This presentation will demonstrate the Ripple student response system developed as an interactive tool by the UO Libraries Interactive Media Group.

Bring your smart phone, laptop, or tablet and participate.


Richard Beckwith, research psychologist, Interactions and Experiences Research, Intel Labs

William Deresiewicz, cultural critic, author, and writer for the Nation, the New Republic and the American Scholar; former professor of English at Yale University

Kiersten Muenchinger, designer, associate professor, and director, Product Design Program, University of Oregon

John Park, artist, instructor, Digital Arts Program, Department of Art, University of Oregon

Carol Stabile, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and director, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon

Yong Zhao, professor, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, College of Education, and Presidential Chair for Global Academic Extension, University of Oregon