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Third annual K-State Interior Design Symposium to feature award-winning designer and ethics expert

Monday, October 16, 2006

MANHATTAN - A noted interior designer and an ethics expert will be the speakers for Kansas State University's third annual Interior Design Symposium.

The symposium, "Design Ethics: Education to Practice," will be Friday, Oct. 20, at the K-State Student Union. Hosts for the event are the K-State Interior Design Advisory Board and the department of apparel, textiles and interior design in the College of Human Ecology.

The symposium will start with a panel discussion from 10-11 a.m. in the Union's Big 12 Room. Presentations by the symposium's main speakers will be from 1-3:30 p.m. in Forum Hall.

The speakers are Shashi Caan, Contract magazine's 2004 designer of the year, and Manhattan's John E. Carlin, an ethics expert.

Caan, who is the symposium's keynote speaker, is chair of the interior design program at the Parsons School of Design. In her job, Caan works to bridge the gap between education and practice with a curriculum that reinforces creativity and a deeper comprehension of designing for today's complex lifestyles. She recently founded the Shashi Caan Collective, a design practice for creative responses to today's cultural needs.

Carlin will discuss "A Common Ground For Ethics." A former assistant to the director of continuing education at K-State, Carlin is active in community service and serves on the boards of the Manhattan Emergency Shelter and the Manhattan Arts Center, as well as Catholic Charities.

The symposium's panel discussion and speaker presentations are free and open to the public. For more information on the symposium, contact Jennifer Rettele-Thomas at 1-800-432-1578 or e-mail jenniferr@found.ksu.edu

This article was posted on Monday, October 16, 2006, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.