SCHOLARS ON THE CIRCLE
Scholars on the Circle is a program held in collaboration with various University Circle institutions, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Music Settlement, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and others. Scholars on the Circle courses are taught by local experts and cover a wide variety of topics in the humanities and the sciences, including art, music, history, politics, philosophy, astronomy, biology, physics, archeology, and more.
To register, click on links below or call 216-368-2090
Art Since 1900: A Philosophical Survey
Instructor: Michael D. Miller
Tuesdays March 17–May 5
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center
Many people find modernist and contemporary art difficult to understand, let alone appreciate. In this course, we will inquire after the source of the difficulty, examining the historical and theoretical complexities that underlie it. Part of the problem is that art since 1900 has become more and more philosophical--it has become about ideas. With this in mind, we will explore the rise of abstraction, the "flight from aesthetics" in the avant-garde, the relevance of artifactuality/objecthood, the effects of mass culture and commodification on the artworld, and more.
Gallery Lecture Series At the Cleveland Museum of Art
Instructors: Debbie Apple-Presser, Pat Ashton, Joellen DeOreo, Kate Hoffmeyer, Eliza Saada and Christina Larson
Tuesdays February 3–March 10
Thursdays February 5–March 12
Location: The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Explore the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions with instructors from the Department of Education and Interpretation during this engaging gallery lecture series presenting diverse works at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Presentations include art of the 1920s and 1930s, Romanticism, Chinese Imperial Porcelains, Hinduism, and various temporary exhibitions. Enrollment is limited to 28 per session.
Music, Politics, and Value Judgement
Instructor: Kelly St. Pierre
Thursdays March 12–April 30
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center
The music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart has made these composers household names, but why? What was it about their music that contributed to their longevity? And—as importantly—who decided that their music was "good" in the first place? This music appreciation course explores not only the sonic and aesthetic components of these (and other) composers' works, but the process of tastemaking that resulted in their still-lived fame. Students will gain insight into the classical music canon, the political and cultural circumstances that shaped it, and their own musical preferences.
Community History Highlights at the History Center in University Circle
Instructors: John Grabowski, Susan Hall, Pamela Doazio-Dean, Sean Martin, Richard Shrake
Fridays March 20–May 1
Location: Western Reserve Historical Society, Hessler Conference Room
This six-week course on the Community History collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society features WRHS curators and topical experts, who will speak on the communities that have shaped Northeast Ohio. The course begins with a survey of several community history collections. Each proceeding week will feature a different community - African-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Jewish, and LGBT - that will be investigated more deeply. Groups will meet in the Hassler Conference Room, adjacent to the WRHS Research Library and Archives.
Doing it Right: A Story of Mid-Century Modern Renovation
Instructor: Nina Gibans
Thursday April 16
Location: Robert Little House
Nina Gibans’ book Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home 1930-1970 (Kent State University Press 2014) is based on the 2007 exhibition by that name sponsored by ARTneo, the museum of northeast Ohio art and architecture. This was the first exhibit of area architecture since 1968, and it took three years to gather materials and document the development of modern housing in the Cleveland area. The book focuses on the story of the American International Style, starting with Clevelander Philip Johnson who grew up in a home designed by J. Milton Dyer on Overlook Road. in Cleveland Heights where the carriage house still exists on Herrick Mews. This afternoon session will be held in one of modern visionary Robert Little’s houses commissioned by Frank Griesinger in 1962 and renovated under Little’s supervision in 1985 by their son. There will be a discussion of modern Cleveland, highlights from the book and the story of this renovation.