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KNOXVILLE — Internationally renowned designer Janet Abrams will lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the McCarty Auditorium, Room 109, of the Art + Architecture Building at UT.

Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series organized each semester by the College of Architecture and Design. During its 30-year history, the series has brought some of the most innovative and important thinkers in the world of design to the UT campus.

Director of the Design Institute at the University of Minnesota College of Design, Abrams is a widely published critic on design, art, architecture, visual arts and new media. Her essays have appeared in books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and newspapers around the country. She holds a Ph.D. in architectural history, theory and criticism from Princeton University.

Abrams’ presentation will focus on the core concepts of a new book she co-edited, titled “ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING.” The book explores mapping as a powerful interdisciplinary strategy that links people and places, data and organizations, and physical and virtual environments. She will explore the relationships and differences of mapping physical and virtual spaces and also will discuss new navigational technology and modes of visual representation.

Lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Art and qualifies for continuing architectural education credit.

The lecture series also is viewable over the Internet, both live and in archive form. See the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series Web page, for more information.

Florence Graves, (865) 974-5267,
Kristi Hintz, (865) 974-3993,