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Guenet Abraham: Teaching and Doing Graphic Design in Ethiopia

Guenet Abraham, associate professor of graphic design, will share her experiences teaching and researching in Ethiopia, where she spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Ababa University’s Alle School of Fine Arts and Design. She will discuss an on-going, site-specific creative project she initiated, as well as other collaborative projects with the University, the National Archives and Library of Ethiopia, and the U.S. Embassy.

Abraham began her career in New York City as a book designer at Pantheon Books, Random House, and was senior designer for W.W. Norton before she earned her MFA at Yale School of Art. Her work is recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), American Association of Museums (AAM), University College & Designers Association (UCDA), and most recently by the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.

In concert with her philosophy as an educator, who teaches graphic design, typography, and visual communication, Abraham maintains an active design practice and consults and designs books for publishers. She creates visual language that speaks to contemporary audiences with impact and appeal. She has been awarded two consecutive Fulbright Core fellowships for Teaching and Research in Ethiopia for 2017-2018 and for 2018-2019. She taught at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design in Addis Ababa.


Admission is free, with a free lunch served at 11:30 a.m.


CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now, cosponsored by CIRCA and the Dresher Center for the Humanities, is a lunchtime series that showcases exciting new faculty work in the humanities in a dynamic and inter-disciplinary setting with short, informal presentations and time for discussion.

Start Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Start Time: 11:30 am

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Venue Name: 216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

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