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Panel to explore multiculturalism in graphic design


Contact:Rachel Hatch

The Illinois State University School of Art will take part in a panel discussing the role of cultural identity in graphic design on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the McLean County Museum of History. The panel is part of the opening reception for a new exhibit Reason, Reflect, and Respect: an exhibit on cultural identity in design.

The opening reception will be held in the Gov. Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the museum at 11 a.m., with the panel beginning shortly after 11:15 a.m.

Those joining the panel will be Illinois State Associate Professor of History Kyle Ciani, Illinois State Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin America and Latino/a Studies Maura Toro-Morn, Illinois State Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Archana Shekara, University of Illinois Interim Director of The Japan House and Associate Professor and Chair of Graphic Design Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud and Illinois Wesleyan University Director of the Action Research Center Deborah Halperin.

According to the museum, the exhibit is an exploration of ancestral culture and perceptions, along with designs created for local non-profit organizations in the community such as the Multicultural Leadership Program, Western Avenue Community Center, the American Red Cross, Bloomington Public Library and the McLean County India Association.

For additional information on the panel, contact Shekara at To learn more about the exhibit, contact the museum at (309) 827-0428.

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