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KNOXVILLE — Chaz Maviyane-Davies, an internationally renowned graphic designer best known for his posters on human rights, will speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Nov. 1.

Maviyane-Davies will talk about his work at 7 p.m. in Art + Architecture Room 109.

His visit coincides with an exhibit of his posters on human rights issues in Africa titled “The United Nations Articles on Human Rights,” currently on display at UT’s Black Cultural Center.

Maviyane-Davies is professor of design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and a citizen of Zimbabwe. He has designed posters and made films on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights. Maviyane-Davies was described by Design magazine of the United Kingdom as “the guerilla of graphic design,” and he has won several national and international awards.

He earned a master’s degree in graphic design with distinction from the Central School of Art and Design in London and an advanced diploma in postgraduate filmmaking from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London.

His visit is sponsored by the UT School of Art, the Haines-Morris Endowment, the UT College of Law and Africana Studies and organized by professors Beauvais Lyons and Deb Shmerler. His exhibit is supported by the Ready for the World initiative, the Office of the Vice Chancellor and UT’s Ewing Gallery.

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Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Beauvais Lyons, (865) 974-3202,