On Oct 24th, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michael Prokopow, was invited to speak at the Vancouver Art Gallery about the design history of Canada as it relates to the cultural and material effects of immigration.

As part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s ongoing 2017 Marking Place Speaker Series, Dr. Prokopow discussed how design—a category of human made objects under the umbrella of material culture—has long been seen as an effective mechanism in the construction of national identity. He considered how contemporary design practice in Canada presents an opportunity to consider and question the values of nationhood and nationality.

Dr. Prokopow co-curated the exhibition, #TrueNordic, opening October 28 at the Gallery. He has written widely about material life and domesticity and is currently a faculty member @ocaduniversity in Toronto, Ontario.- From:https://www.instagram.com/p/BanK2tWjU6N/