11 February 2009

VCUQatar Announces Mark Kingwell as a Keynote Speaker and Almana Group as a Sponsor for Mousharaka

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with Icograda is proud to announce Mark Kingwell as a keynote speaker for the Mousharaka conference. Mousharaka will take place at VCUQatar from 28 February to 5 March, 2009.

Mark Kingwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine.  He is the author of eleven books of political and cultural theory, including the bestsellers Better Living, The World We Want, and Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City.  His articles on art, architecture and design have appeared in, among others, Harper’s, the Harvard Design Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Canadian Art, Azure, FORM, the Globe and Mail, and Queen’s Quarterly. 

Mr. Kingwell is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. His twelfth book, a collection of his essays on art and philosophy called Opening Gambits, was released in the fall of 2008. He has lectured extensively in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia on philosophical subjects and is currently working on a biography of Glenn Gould.

VCUQatar is also proud to announce Almana Group as a sponsor for Mousharaka. The Almana Group is one of the largest business houses in Qatar. Since its inception in 1960, it has grown from strength to strength, and in the process, has made significant contributions to the infrastructure of Qatar’s business landscape.

Today, it boasts a large turnover and with its diversified activities, is poised to participate successfully in the ongoing economic development of Qatar. Through reinvestment of profits, recruitment of the best management skills and the creation of joint ventures with major international companies, it continues to provide professional services to businesses overseas with interests in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf States.

Mousharaka / The Icograda Design Week in Qatar, presented by VCUQatar, is composed of the Education Symposium and the Professional Conference, where prominent speakers will share perspectives on design and design collaborations and students will engage in two-day workshops culminating in an exhibition of the best work.. VCUQatar is also spearheading the creation of MEDEA – the Middle East Design Educators Association - a platform for educators charged with getting the most out of design. For more information about Mousharaka, featured speakers and events, and to register please visit http://www.mousharaka.com/

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