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A Full Day of Learning: History and Art (NYC)

October 26, 2019 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

schedule

9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
The American Revolution: Remarkable Stories You Never Heard Before

Richard Bell / University of Maryland

The American Revolution is this country’s founding moment. It marks the birth of a nation committed to the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s a staple of school and college curriculums and as a result, most people know something about the American Revolution and about the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence and led their thirteen colonies into a bold new future as the United States.

But the full story of the American Revolution requires us to look beyond the lives of Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson. This class focuses on all the things you might not have learned in high school or college about this great struggle for independence. It probes unexpected corners of this sprawling, eight-year war and expands its cast of characters substantially to include the typhoid-ridden immigrant corset-maker who wrote the pamphlet that gave colonists the confidence to believe they could beat Britain; the Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man so that she could serve in Washington’s Army; the enslaved stable hand at Mount Vernon who ran off to join the war and who ended up on the other side of the world; and the widow who became the most important Native American leader during the war. Studying their lives and exploits will reveal the breadth and depth of the sacrifices that the colonists made as they worked to turn a small-scale protest over the price of goods like tea into a fight for freedom.

Richard Bell / University of Maryland
Richard Bell is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He has served as the Mellon Fellow in American History at Cambridge University, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, a Mayer Fellow at the Huntington Library, as a Research Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition and Resistance at Yale University, and a Resident Fellow at the John W. Kluge at the Library of Congress. He is also a frequent lecturer and debater on the C-SPAN television network. Professor Bell is the recipient of more than a dozen teaching awards, including the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

11:10 AM - 12:20 PM
A Nation Looks Back: Fifty Years of Race, Sports, and Gender

Matthew Andrews / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

How much has American society changed since the 1960s? And how do you gauge the extent of this change? In this session we will try to answer these questions by exploring a few of the more significant and pivotal moments in American history through the prism of sports. We will look beyond competitive outcomes on the fields of play—who won, who lost, and by how much?—and instead will focus on what these moments can reveal about the struggles for racial justice and gender equality in our nation.

Throughout our session we will consider the ways sports—a marathon, a college football game, a prizefight, a tennis match—have reflected larger trends in American life as well as influenced American history and the nation we occupy today. Whether this influence has been positive or negative is another question we will consider.

Matthew Andrews / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Matthew Andrews teaches American History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His courses use the history of American sports to explore race relations, gender ideals, political protest, and American identity. Professor Andrews was asked by the UNC student body to give the honorific "Last Lecture" to the graduating class of 2015. HIs students voted him their university's "Best Professor" in 2016.

12:20 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1 hour and 15 minute / Lunch Break

Students will have a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break.

1:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Why Reading Matters

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

What makes reading an essential human activity, one of the greatest cultural gifts imaginable – and how is it different from other equally important activities like listening to music or watching a film? In this brand new course, Professor Joseph Luzzi, an award-winning teacher, author, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College, will take participants on a fascinating literary journey, as we explore his Five Secrets for “Deep Reading,” the art of drawing meaning and value from even the most challenging books ever written.

Professor Luzzi will also show you how to make great reading a part of your everyday life (in less than an hour a day), as he outlines strategies and techniques for reading authors ranging from Dante and Shakespeare to Stephen King and J.K. Rowling, from the world's greatest classics to the page-turner that you just can’t put down.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College
Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, "The Art of Reading." Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.

3:10 PM - 4:30 PM
Why Art Matters

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

No matter how you look at it, the art world has never been hotter: auction records are continually broken, art fairs are proliferating around the globe, and people will wait hours in line at museums for blockbuster shows. It's a simple fact that more people are seeing more art in more places than ever before. But it seems like the more we look, the less we're seeing: more and more, we give art the same impoverished attention we give shopping or sightseeing, and for many people, art is nothing more than a sound financial investment or a cool image to post on the internet.

If we're willing to put in the effort, however, art still has a lot to offer us, and matters as much as it ever did. In the past, art showed us beauty, taught us morals, recorded history, or inspired religious feeling; today, art asks us to think about ourselves and our relationship to the world around us, and teaches us a form of critical thinking opposed to the hectic pace of our everyday lives. Looking closely at a few works of art from the last fifty years, we will see why art matters now, and why we need to learn how to see it.

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.

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