Democracy and Design in a Troubled Age


Friday, September 27, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

We can consider a society to be democratic when it enables the full participation of its citizens and promotes the goals of opportunity, fairness, and justice. Designers can play a considerable role in maintaining a democratic process by analyzing democratic institutions and procedures as objects of design, creating tools to enhance participation in public debates about the practice of democracy, and designing projects to achieve the end goals that a democracy promises. At a time when the tenets of democracy are under siege, mobilizing designers to help sustain, and invigorate its values is crucial.

Lecturer Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Lecture sponsored by GFRY Publi©ity Studio and Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, Art Education and Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.