February 27, 2012
“Curating Monsters and Mortality”
In this illustrated presentation, Professor Asma will tour the history and philosophy of macabre collecting. Eastern and Western spiritual traditions have influenced the display of death in surprisingly similar ways. Discussing early European curiosity cabinets, later anatomy collections, teratology displays, and even Buddhist meditation theaters of the macabre, Asma will focus on our strange psychological taste for the disgusting, the dreadful, and the dead.
Stephen T. Asma, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia College Chicago and author of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears (Oxford), and Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums (Oxford).
March 19, 2012
“Militarism, War, & Radicals”
Dwight D Eisenhower, former 5 star general and U.S. President, once said: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Remarks such as this raise enduring questions for American democracy: Has the U.S. become the Roman empire of the modern world, maintaining a strong military capability of extraordinary proportions and prepared to use it aggressively in the pursuit of its globalized national interests? What is war as experienced by those on the ground whose lives are enveloped by it? What is the experience of those who refuse to go to war for reasons of conscience? What is peace beyond the absence of war? This discussion will consider a range of perspectives that inform our current consciousness.
Janine Shoots, Cultural Studies Major at Columbia College Chicago
Barry Romo, Vietnam War Veteran and VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War)
Jeff Gibson, Draft Resistor, Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago
Louis Silverstein, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Columbia College Chicago
April 23, 2012
"Crafting a New Pedagogy: Connecting Students to Local and Global Issues Through the Arts"
How can we use art as a platform to educate youth about critical issues surrounding their community and their world? This panel will include Ames Hawkins and Jim Duignan, who promote agency in our youth by teaching students to be socially engaged through art activism. Specifically, Hawkins will discuss her involvement with the art installation, One Million Bones as well as her efforts to integrate artistic civic engagement to Columbia College Chicago’s campus at a global level. Duignan, founder of the Stockyard Institute, will address how this Chicago-based collective has helped undergraduate and graduate students to design temporary art projects and sustainable art education programs since 1995.
This panel is presented in conjunction with arrival of the One Million Bones exhibition in the Hokin Gallery at Columbia College Chicago. One Million Bones is an art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing genocides in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma.
Jim Duignan, Associate Professor of Visual Art & Education in the College of Education at DePaul University
Ames Hawkins, Associate Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago