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The Imagination Desk is an occasional audio series from the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. We chat with artists, scholars, scientists, and technologists about what inspires them and how they define and use imagination in their work.

Aug 4, 2023


This episode of The Imagination Desk features Michael G. Bennett, a lawyer and legal scholar, scholar of science, technology and society, visual artist, and higher education leader. In this chat, we discuss different ways that artists use imagination, historically Black colleges and universities, and imagining Black futures.


Michael G. Bennett is the Director of Education Curriculum and Business Lead for Responsible AI at Northeastern University’s Institute for Experiential AI in Boston, Massachusetts—though at the time of recording, he served as Director of Student Experiential Immersion Programs at the Discovery Partners Institute at the University of Illinois. Previously, he held several positions at Arizona State University, including Director of Innovation Policy at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Lecturer at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and Associate Research Professor at the Center for Science and the Imagination. He also served as Commissioner of Arts and Culture for the City of Tempe, Arizona from 2019 through 2021. To learn more about Michael and his work, check out his Twitter @MGBennett.