RIT ID Assistant Professor Mindy Magyar recently lectured at Fabrica communication research centre in Treviso, Italy. Her talk, Cultural Sustainability by Design, gave insight into her research on the conversation between culture and design. In particular, her work focuses on how objects and designed environments sustain or detract from cultural diversity. Cultural identity runs deeply through object culture and kept alive through conscious appreciation of objects’ aesthetic and symbolic roots. Design can marginalize and perpetuate inequality, she notes, but also has the power to respect and establish identities through code sign and inclusive practices. Previously with the Smithsonian Institution, Mindy Magyar is an accomplished executive with experience in art/design, design strategy, and business development.

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