Mark your calendar for Friday, April 30, when Kurt Andersen will bring his invigorating blend of creative curiosity and chipper repartee to the Milton Glaser-designed SVA Theatre in New York City. The author and Studio 360 host will moderate “Crossing the Line: The 2010 D-Crit Conference.” Conceived and organized by the graduating students of the MFA Design Criticism Department at the School of Visual Arts, the event will feature keynote presentations by design thinkers John Thackara (ask him about what he learned from his brief tenure as a London bus driver) and Peter Hall (we’ve posted a video of his recent D-Crit guest lecture below). But the real stars of the day will be the students, who will offer peeks into their diverse thesis projects. Brief presentations will offer insights into design trends from Brazil (from D-Critter Frederico Duarte) to Mars (Mike Neal), the visual worlds created by Jean-Luc Godard (Laura Forde) and Wes Anderson (Katie Henderson), and the role of user experience in architecture in design criticism (Jim Wegener). In the mood for something slightly site-specific? Settle into your plush theater seat for Chappell Ellison‘s talk about her project, “Design in the Dark: Finding Meaning in the Multiplex.” Popcorn optional.