Career Options in the Arts
Students who are attracted to the arts may be concerned about their ability to earn a livelihood if they follow that path. In this presentation Rachel Dorn will introduce students to possible careers in art and encourage them that they CAN succeed in art and art CAN be a viable career option.
Greek Art and the Golden Ratio
A fascinating and powerful exploration of the way that the naturally-occurring 2:3 ratio has been variously adapted in art forms and architecture, with a special focus on the way it was used in classical Greece to produce aesthetically pleasing designs.
The World According to Dante Alighieri
In this presentation, Joy Clark provides an introduction to the life and times of one of the world’s most significant and influential authors. Dr. Clark will highlight the story of his life events and the autobiographical nature of the poem, setting the poem in the context of world politics as Dante experienced and interpreted those events.
Don’t forget to read the ads: Media Literacy for today – with Gordon Koestler, English Instructor
What do ads “say” to us, and what do they say about us and our culture? In what ways can we respond to the messages in advertising? In this presentation, Joy Clark and Gordon Koestler demonstrate the importance of “reading” advertisements as a way to reinforce the critical skill of media literacy. Today more than ever, it is vital that citizens know how to “read” the signs and symbols of a consumer culture and market-driven economy. Clark and Koestler both teach in the English Department and approach this topic as a way to build critical thinking and analytical skills, and believe that the consumer culture that is cultivated in much of today’s advertising-soaked, brand-saturated world has implications for our future as citizens and as members of a vital planet.
Writing, Reading, Publishing Poetry
Blogging – in Classroom Teaching and Other Uses
Northwest Literature: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Shakespeare and Renaissance Theatre
In this presentation on the life and times of Shakespeare and an overview of Renaissance theatre, Julie Swedin discusses what life was like for an actor living in Renaissance England and the colorful history of the Globe theatre. Other options for this presentation include a discussion of why we still read Shakespeare or Julie Swedin can provide a lesson introducing a specific sonnet or play.
Documentary Photography: Afghanistan
Ken Zontek, PhD., compares imagery of Afghanistan from his 2005-2006 sojourn there with the photos and text of National Geographic journalists dating back to the 1930s. The presentation offers a timeless sense in a forbidding region.
History instructor Ken Zontek explains the effort of Native Americans to bring back the buffalo. His work will expound on his book Buffalo Nation: The American Indian Effort to Restore the Bison, recipient of the American Library Association’s 2008 Best of the Best University Press Award.