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Design ethicist to keynote 'Collision of Thought ID' symposium

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Collision of Thought

Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine, will present the 7th annual K-State Interior Design Student Symposium keynote on April 29 in the Student Union.

Since 1986, Szenasy has led the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture and design. It examines contemporary life through design – architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning and preservation. The 30-year-old magazine explores economic, environmental, social, cultural, political and technological context.

The symposium, entitled Collision of Thought: Innovation Takes Collaboration, consists of a panel discussion at 10 a.m., a networking luncheon at noon, Szenasy’s keynote at 1:30 p.m. and a post-keynote reception immediately following.

The panel discussion, keynote event and reception of free and open to the public. A registration fee of $5 is required to attend the networking luncheon. You can register on the K-State Wildcat Connection website. Registration deadline is April 15.

“The ID Student Symposium is an event organized by students for students. Our goal is to bring together students, educators, and design professionals for dialogue about important issues to the industry,” said Migette Kaup, associate professor in interior design.

Student co-chairs are Lydia Travis, Jen Burke, Yolonda Guyton, Jess Conrardy, Liz Tung and Haley Splan.

Szenasy teaches design history and design ethics at New York’s Parsons School of Design. She is the author of several books on design, including “The Home and Light.”

An internationally-recognized authority on sustainability and design, she advocates ethical decisions that will contribute less to the earth’s health problems and social injustice. “I am exceedingly hopeful about the future of design and designers’ growing power in society,” she told attendees at an American Institute of Graphic Arts conference.

For more information, contact Jennifer Rettele-Thomas at (785) 532-7592 or jenniferr@found.ksu.edu.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, and is filed under Interior Design and Fashion Studies.