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GUST’s Global Studies Center Hosts Distinguished Illustrator

27 November 2019 to 28 December 2019

Gulf University for Science and Technology’s (GUST) Global Studies Center (GSC) invited Mr. David Mackintosh, an illustrator and graphic designer, to give a talk to students under the title “"Making Books: My Picture Book Practice".  This lecture is part of the GSC’s initiative to diversify the topics it covers, by showing the relevance of a multitude of disciplines in our everyday lives.   

David Mackintosh has extensive experience in the world of publishing, and his picture books have been short listed for prizes worldwide, including CBCA Picture Book of the Year, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and The Kate Greenaway Prize. He has established a studio in Australia and worked as a graphic designer and art director in publishing, advertising and television. During his lecture, he discussed the publishing process from idea to printed book. 

Director of the Global Studies Center, Dr. Shahd Al-Shammari said, “The seminar by Mr. Mackintosh is pertinent to a number of our students, in particular those pursuing degrees in English and Mass Communication.  The English Department teaches courses on literature and education, including children's literature, and so this was a perfect opportunity for them to learn firsthand from a distinguished master. Mass Communication students who attended the event also benefitted as it gave them a new perspective on how to apply their graphic design skills.”

The GSC is a leading research center on global studies, and a vehicle for engaging both internal and external communities through stimulating events and lectures on global issues. The center aims to conduct cutting-edge research on cross-national political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues of critical importance, and share research output and information regionally and globally.  The GSC seeks to foster public understanding of global issues with local significance.

Guest Lecturer, David Mackintosh, said, “I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to share my experience with the upcoming generation of storytellers.  It is important that we keep our fingers on the pulse of new developments, and ensure that the nuances of our narratives are effectively portrayed.”

GUST continues to build on its mission to become a knowledge-hub that benefits and engages students, academics, and the wider Kuwait community as a whole.  For more information on upcoming events, visit https://gsc.gust.edu.kw/