The VASD Spring 2013 lecture series, Ethics in Practice: Approaches to the Contemporary, is an investigation of how to continue to act as we move through the beginnings of a new century. In an age of increasing distance in relationships socially, economically, and politically, our visiting guests will approach ethics as it is practiced in everyday life. How is failure an important, and indeed necessary, part of art-making? How do we craft opinions and criticism in an environment heavily laden with images? Why is it easy to hate contemporary art? All these questions posed by our series attempt to create discussions that foster mindful engagements with the world as we encounter it.