Annual Loewy Lecture featuring Trevor Paglen: "Machine Visions."


Loewy Lecture History

Active since 1999, STIA's Annual Loewy Lecture is made possible by the generous donations of The Loewy Family Foundation. The Loewy Family Foundation was created to honor the significant achievements in the field of engineering of two dynamic brothers from Czechoslovakia, Ludwig and Erwin Loewy. In 1913, Ludwig initially worked for a German shipbuilding firm where he designed huge diesel engines for the first great Atlantic oceanliners. By 1914, he had joined the firm of Edward Schloemann in Dusseldorf. His engineering genius soon showed itself as a designer of machine tools, rolling mills, and hydraulic presses. He became a partner in the company in 1921. Erwin joined his brother as General Sales Manager in 1925.

After the brothers were forced to escape from the Nazis in the mid-1930, their careers were bound up in national defense. Ludwig established a new company in England, while Erwin went first to France, and then emigrated to the U.S. in 1940. Both men confronted the governments of their respective new homes and persuaded them to build extrusion presses for the production of the airplanes that were so decisive in the outcome of World War II.

Ludwig Loewy died in 1942. His brother, Erwin, continued to build on Ludwig’s legacy. As part of the Air Force Heavy Press Program, Erwin Loewy’s crowning achievement was the design and completion of a mammoth 50,000 ton forging press erected in 1955, the largest machine of its kind in the world. For his efforts, the U.S. Air force awarded him with a Certificate of Merit. Erwin Loewy, together with his talented “Corp of Engineers” at Loewy-Hydropress, entered space age technology with designs for the first motion simulator for the Polaris Missile and the launchpad for the Vanguard rocket.


Guest Speaker Biography

Trevor Paglen is an artist whose work spans image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing, engineering, and numerous other disciplines. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures.

Trevor Paglen’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Berkeley Art Museum; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Nevada Museum of Art. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour, and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan.

He is the author of five books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography, and visuality. Paglen’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Economist and Art Forum.

He is a 2017 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award.

Paglen holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from U.C. Berkeley.

Special Accommodations/Requests

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Friday, October 19th, 2018 to Obdulio Moronta, 202-687-2248, A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after this date.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Mortara Center, Mortara Conference Room 3600 N Street NW

Event Type

Arts, Visual Arts, Academic Events


Students, Faculty/Staff


Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Science, Technology & International Affairs (STIA)


Trevor Paglen

Open to the public and the press?


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Obdulio Moronta

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