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Turkic Civilization, American Design, and Corporate Brand Courses Offered this Summer

KEENE, N.H. 5/1/03 - Turkic Civilization, History of 20th-Century American Design, and Corporate Design Systems and Brand Identification are three courses offered by Keene State College this summer in a 12-week session that begins May 19.

Turkic Civilization: And the Twain Shall Meet is a response to Kipling’s famous line “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” This course will show that there has been and continues to be considerable interaction and exchange - mainly positive - between the two civilizations. This course covers the role of the Crusades; the interaction of the Christian West and Islamic East; exchange of ideas, art, culture, technology, philosophy, and political forms; and the growing dominance of the West and the Turkic response, leading to the emergence of several new modern states in the 19th and 20th centuries in Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Pakistani native Javed Chaudri teaches this interdisciplinary course on Wednesdays, May 21 to Aug. 6, from 6 to 9:20 p.m.

History of 20th-Century American Design explores the democratization of American design by examining the social, scientific, and technical forces that shaped the look of the decorative arts. Art nouveau, mission, modern, streamline, postwar, and postmodern design will be charted. Leandre Poisson, a local art collector, teaches this art course using lecture and discussion, slide presentations, video, and object study. This art course meets on Wednesdays, May 21 to Aug. 6, from 6 to 9:20 p.m. Poisson’s collection of over 1,000 pieces of Americana will be showcased in the art exhibit “American Design: American Culture of the 20th Century” from June 14 through Aug. 6 at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on the KSC campus.

Corporate Design Systems and Brand Identification looks at why corporations and organizations place great importance upon how the public perceives their image projected through a trademark, symbol, or logo. This course explores the creative search for a brand’s ‘mark’ since the entire identification system flows from that mark. Through lecture, discussion and class projects students learn how to design a Trademark/Symbol/Logo and how it’s applications. This three credit art course meets on Mondays, May 19-Aug. 4, from 6-9:20 p.m. The instructor is Craig Devonshire.

Registration for these two courses and for the six-week Summer Session I continues through Wednesday, May 14. Registration remains open for Summer Session II courses through Wednesday, June 25. For further information, contact the KSC Continuing Education and Summer Session Office by phone at 603-358-2290/1-800-KSC-1909, by e-mail to continuing-, or on the Internet at

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