Arts

Japanese Art

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:05 pm

I have taught courses on Japanese art for several years and I would be glad to present on any topic relating to Japanese art history. I have a particular interest in presenting on the art and traditions of Zen Buddhism, but I am open to any topic.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

Celtic Drawing

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Drawing workshops that feature a background lecture on Celtic art traditions, with time for instruction on how to create Celtic-inspired drawings based on Pictish, Northumbrian, and medieval Irish stone carving, metalwork, and manuscripts. (Attendees would need to have their own preferred drawing instruments, paper, a compass, and a protractor.)

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

The American Theater at a Crossroads: Which Way to Turn?

Posted: April 9, 2021 at 6:56 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:03 pm

A look at the American professional theater in its various expressions, from Broadway to the nonprofit regional theater, as it copes with unprecedented challenges from the pandemic to Black Lives Matter to economic uncertainty.  A glance at history (how we got here) will be followed by an exploration of the changing environment for theater and […]

A/V requirements: None

Rick Davis

Various Game Topics

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 1:35 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:47 pm

As an instructor in the game design program, I’ve traveled to a number of events related to gaming around the country, delivering talks on game topics ranging from color-blindness and accessibility to opera in games. With a couple weeks’ notice, I can prepare a talk on a variety of subjects, including audiovisual components, as part […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector

Daniel Greenberg

Daniel Greenberg

Posted: March 27, 2019 at 1:32 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 6:41 pm

Daniel Greenberg teaches game design topics in the Computer Game Design program, with a focus on history and analysis. His research tackles the emerging topics surrounding digital games, including their defined role as an art form, the language used to describe them, the manner in which they convey narrative, patterns for developing game literacy, codifying […]

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 6:04 pm

This talk considers how the Vietnam War remains influential in contemporary American life.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Remote only through December 2021)

War Memorials on the National Mall

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Post-pandemic, I can do this as a walking tour on the National Mall. As a talk, I provide historical background about the development of various war memorials on the National Mall, as well as interpretation of their design and meaning in American culture.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Remote only through December 2021)

Meredith Lair (Remote only through December 2021)

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm, Last Updated: October 8, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Professor Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. […]

Economics of the Arts

Posted: March 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:02 pm

A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.

A/V requirements: None

Tyler Cowen

The Spanish Golden Age–a Dramatic Legacy

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and many more great writers define the “Siglo de Oro” or Golden Age in Spanish literature, a period spanning portions of the 16th and 17th centuries that coincides with Spain’s decline as a world power. This talk addresses Spanish views of love, honor, power, […]

A/V requirements: None

Rick Davis

The Beautiful and the Just: Inquiry, Justice, and Value in Alain Locke and Aristotle

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:48 pm

Alain Locke was a 20th-century African American philosopher, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and a guiding force behind the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. His work in philosophy, politics, education, and arts criticism was guided by the notion of culture as a goal. To see this we must look to his roots […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin

The Art of Choreography

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Uses lecture, video, and/or live performance to look at dance.

A/V requirements: TV/VCR

Susan Shields

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:57 pm

What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as “eye candy,” escorts, and “sugar babies” (young people admired and sexualized for their looks, and often rewarded for sexual favors or dates)? What if the second most powerful person in the country, the top advisor and speechwriter to the […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin

Running a Small Press

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

The speaker presents his experience in publishing poetry and neglected work, and in making unlikely books into a respected and self-sustaining publishing company, Orchises Press.

A/V requirements: None

Roger Lathbury

Portfolio Design for Architecture, Fine Arts and Allied Design Disciplines

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 1:44 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:02 pm

An international survey of portfolio design for the arts and architecture with numerous examples and discussion of the conceptual aspects, methods and materials of planning and assembly of an original, professional presentation.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Harold Linton

Impact Performance in a Media World

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Whether announcing on the radio, delivering television news, or acting in a film or documentary, the human voice and body are your tools to inform and persuade in broadcast performance. Techniques are introduced and skills practiced regarding how to improve vocal (paralanguage) and physical (nonverbal) delivery elements to more effectively communicate messages in a performance […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Susan (Susie) Tomasovic

Myths, Archetypes, Campbell and Jung: An Actor’s Tools in Creating Arc of Character

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:08 pm

The processes and approaches to “becoming a character” for performance are myriad and can be even mysterious. Actor and professor, Edward Gero, explores an approach to interpreting and creating character inspired by Jungian archetypes and mythical storytelling patterns identified by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Tracing his process […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Edward Gero

My Year with Rothko

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:15 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm

An in depth look at the research, rehearsals and production of playing Mark Rothko in the first American production of John Logan’s Tony Award winning play RED, directed by Tony Award winning director Robert Falls which opened in Chicago and transferred to Washington’s Arena Stage. An inside look at the creating of character and the […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Edward Gero

Latin American Film

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 8:16 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Professor Rabin can lecture on Latin American film of the twentieth century, including the “New Cinema” of the 1960s-1980s. She can also lecture on the 20th-century history of US educational documentaries for global education projects in and outside of the traditional classroom.

A/V requirements: Internet, Laptop with DVD player, LCD, Screen

Lisa Rabin (not available to speak until 2022)

Ibsen and the Birth of Modern Drama

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:05 pm

A look at the revolution in drama launched by Henrik Ibsen, one of the giant figures of European letters in the late 19th century.

A/V requirements: None

Rick Davis

How Do You Choreograph a Dance?

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Discussion of the craft and artistry and happy coincidence in making a dance.

A/V requirements: TV/VCR

Susan Shields

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm, Last Updated: September 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Biography of this popular 20th century author, with highlights from his two great novels, “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night,” plus his remarkable short stories.

A/V requirements: None

Roger Lathbury

Color in Architecture

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:08 pm

An international survey of Contemporary architecture and the role of the colorist in working with architects and designers to provide inspirational color treatments for interiors, exteriors and urban spaces

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Harold Linton

Boosting Teacher Effectiveness through Performance

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Given the challenges facing public education today, using enhanced performance skills in the classroom may produce students who exhibit better attention, interest, and response. Teacher enthusiasm is a pedagogical necessity, and the communicative style of a teacher can have an affect on the degree to which students learn.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Susan (Susie) Tomasovic

Book Design

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm, Last Updated: September 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

The elements that make a book as beautiful to hold as it may be to read.

A/V requirements: None

Roger Lathbury

Acting Shakespeare

Posted: September 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 8:09 pm

A freewheeling discussion of the actor’s life working on the great plays of Shakespeare, based on 25 years of experience.

A/V requirements: None

Edward Gero