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October 05, 2019 9:30 AM – 1:15 PM

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9:30 AM - 10:35 AM
Three Paintings Every Art Lover Should See

Tina Rivers Ryan / Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Formerly Columbia University

If you had to name the three most important paintings in Western artthe ones that most influenced the course of art, or history, or bothwhat would they be? (Mona Lisa, anybody?) While a fun exercise, when it comes to understanding art, ranking paintings in this way doesn't help us answer the more profound question of why art, and especially painting, has been so important to Western culture for hundreds of years. In other words, instead of trying to identify the three "most important" paintingsan impossible task, to be surewhat if we picked five paintings that helped us understand the different ways that painting can be used as a meaningful form of communication? These paintings would come from different time periods, genres, and nations, and would outline the different ways that painting has played an important role in Western culture.

These, therefore, are three paintings every art lover should see if they want to understand more about the history and significance of paintingand its continued relevance to our lives.

Our three paintings will be:

  • Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, 1434 (National Gallery, London)
  • Raphael's School of Athens, 1509-10 (Vatican, Rome)
  • Rembrandt's Self-Portrait, 1658 (Frick Collection, NYC)

Tina Rivers Ryan / Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Formerly Columbia University
An art historian by training, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is currently Assistant Curator of contemporary art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. She holds a BA from Harvard, three Master's Degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has taught classes on art at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Pratt Institute, and Columbia, where she was one of the top-ranked instructors of the introduction to art history, "Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art." A regular critic for Artforum, her writing has also appeared in periodicals such as Art in America and Art Journal, and in catalogs published by museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Tate. As a public speaker and scholar, Dr. Ryan has delivered lectures on topics ranging from Michelangelo to Warhol in more than 50 cities internationally.

10:50 AM - 11:55 AM
The Shifting Lens of History: How We Reimagine the Past

Stephanie Yuhl / College of the Holy Cross

From the kiss in Times Square to "Rosie the Riveter" to "Saving Private Ryan," Americans tend to cherish their memories of WWII as "the best war ever." Yet the Vietnam War remains controversial and brings up an entirely different set of images – from anti-war protests to Agent Orange to the film, "Born on the Fourth of July." What helps explain these radically different understandings of two wars only twenty years apart? Of course, things get even more interesting when we take into consideration the historical memories of the other nations involved in these conflicts.

In this course, we will examine how different societies remember these wars and what those memories might tell us about national hopes and values, about generational change, and even about decisions regarding the military. Animating this presentation is the notion that history is different from the past – it is the often contested way that the past is remembered in the present.

Stephanie Yuhl / College of the Holy Cross
Stephanie Yuhl is a Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross. She is a recipient of the Fletcher M. Green and Charles W. Ramsdell Award for the best article published in the Journal of Southern History, as well as the Inaugural Burns Career Teaching Medal for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Yuhl is also an Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the Critical Conservation Program, and an expert in twentieth-century US cultural and social history, with specialities in historical memory, social movements, gender, and Southern history. She is the author of the award-winning book, "A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston."

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM
Turning Points in American Politics

Jason Nichols / University of Maryland

This class will describe the four major turning points in American political history that have shaped and defined who we are as a nation: the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the Obama-Trump Era. Each turning point has been instrumental in refining the American experiment. We’ve created political norms, only to later defy them and create new ones.

These turning points have impacted our worldview on human rights, our financial direction, and our approach to foreign and domestic relations. During this class, we will discuss the building of our constitution and how over time we’ve found ways to either bolster or undermine it.

Jason Nichols / University of Maryland
Jason Nichols is a professor at the University of Maryland College Park. His work has been featured in Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Latino Rebels, The Hill, NBC News and many other prominent publications, and he makes regular appearances on local television and cable news programs. He has received the Academic Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty from the Office of Multicultural Student Education and the M. Lucia James Impact Award from the Student Success Leadership Council. He was also awarded the Faculty Advisor of the Year Award by the UMCP NAACP.

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