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Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair?

Join the Architecture and Design Festival for a screening of USC Professor Mina Chow's film.

March 16, 2018 6:15pm to March 18, 2018 1:00pm

Daughter of immigrants, an idealistic architect struggles to keep her dream alive as she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs. Face of a Nation captures the erosion of the American image as the country loses sight of its vision and values.  Probing deeply into national identity, architect Mina Chow investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years.  The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American? 

Mina Chow: Professor Chow is interdisciplinary faculty, a licensed architect and filmmaker who teaches 1st year building science studio and professional practice at USC. She has taught 1st and 2nd year design studios, architectural history and theory, and served as Faculty Coordinator for Executive Education. She is principal of LA design/multi-media and production firm mc² SPACES, which has completed several international design and multi-media projects.

Fri 3/16 @ 6:15 pm w/ Q&A - Director

Sun 3/18 @ 1:00 pm w/ Q&A - Director

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