Professor Yeezus? Kanye West gives a guest lecture at Harvard University

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At least where I grew up, weekend school was something you never wanted to hear, because it meant you had been caught stealing chocolate milk from the cafeteria or setting off stink bombs in the hallway and thus, had to spent your weekend in a bland classroom writing essays reflecting on how you could be a better person. But on Sunday night at Harvard University, students willingly piled into a lecture hall to hear one Kanye West speak about architecture and fashion. So, shall we call him Professor Yeezus or Dr. Louis Vuitton Don? If Jay Z had shown up, then it would have been Watch the White Board. Ok, I’ll stop now.

Update: Archinect points us to the transcript and video of the speech. Read the transcript below, or watch the video here.

So after walking through here I decided that I wanted to make sure for anyone that didn’t have tickets tonight that you all could have tickets to the show. So anybody who wants to come tonight, you can have tickets for the entire office! [CHEERS, MAD LAUGHTER]

But I just wanted to tell you guys: I really do believe that the world can be saved through design, and everything needs to actually be “architected.” And this is the reason why even some of the first DONDA employees were architects that started designing t-shirts instead of buildings. But just to see the work actually be actualized.

If I sit down and talk to Oprah for 2 hours, the conversation is about realization, self realization, and actually seeing your creativity happen in front of you. So the reason why I turn up so much in interviews is because I’ve tasted what it means to create and be able to impact, and affect in a positive way.

And I know that there’s more creativity to happen. And I know that there’s traditionalists that hold back the good thoughts and there’s people in offices that stop the creative people, and [who] are intimidated by actual good ideas.

I believe that utopia is actually possible–but we’re led by the least noble, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. So in no way am I a politician–I’m usually at my best politically incorrect [LAUGHTER] and very direct. I really appreciate you guys’ willingness to learn and hone your craft, and not be lazy about creation.

I’m very inspired to be in this space. Tonight, this show, if you come see it–um, I’m a bit self conscious because I’m showing it to architects. [LAUGHTER] So the stage does have flaws in it. [LAUGHTER] It’s an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that. And that’s basically all I have to say so thank you very much.


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