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Science Gallery Atlanta to host 2023 Grad Day on May 7
Image of Eli Chlan and Kenny Oaster are the co-creators of (H)our Glass

Eli Chlan and Kenny Oaster are the co-creators of (H)our Glass.

Science Gallery Atlanta invites graduates and their families to participate in the new JUSTICE exhibition as part of 2023 Grad Day on Sunday, May 7. The event is an opportunity for participants of Emory University's Commencement weekend activities to experience how researchers and artists have come together to create interactive exhibits that illuminate the pursuit of a more just world.

In the spirit of graduation, it’s also a day to reflect on the way students are a critical part of Science Gallery Atlanta’s success as exhibitors and mediators.

One of the JUSTICE exhibitors is Eli Chlan, a student studying neuroscience at Emory’s Laney Graduate School. His “(H)our Glass” project leverages interactive video, oral storytelling and a hall of mirrors to illustrate ways that clinical experiences for transgender individuals are often convoluted and overwhelming, particularly when pursuing hormone replacement therapy.

When attendees visit Science Gallery Atlanta to experience exhibits such as “(H)our Glass,” they typically interact with students serving in the crucial role of mediator.

These mediators are a key aspect of Science Gallery Atlanta’s success. While most galleries have signs providing information about an exhibition, Science Gallery is different: mediators are on the exhibition floor at all times, interacting with visitors and engaging in conversations about questions and themes posed by the pieces. They also contextualize content and help guide — and initiate — discussion with gallery visitors.

“Serving as a mediator has been one of the most rewarding decisions I made at Emory,” says Isaac Gittleman, a fourth-year student majoring in film and media studies. “This role has exposed me to guests with a variety of backgrounds and experiences and has positioned me to engage in unique conversations on the topic of justice. I find myself in both a teaching and learning role and love engaging with meaningful research and works of art.”

Grad Day will be held during Science Gallery Atlanta’s normal operating hours, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission to Science Gallery Atlanta is always free and on-site parking is available for a small fee. Conveniently located in the historic Kirkwood neighborhood, Science Gallery Atlanta is a short walk from two MARTA stations (Edgewood-Candler Park and East Lake).

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