SCHOLARS ON THE CIRCLE
Scholars on the Circle is a program held in collaboration with University Circle institutions, like the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Music Settlement, Cleveland Play House and others. Classes offer participants access to behind-the-scenes expertise.
To register, click on links below or call 216-368-2090
Art Since 1900: A Philosophical Survey
with Michael D. Miller, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, March 17 - May 5, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: 1st Floor Conference Room, 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.
Music, Politics, and Value Judgement
with Kelly St. Pierre, Ph.D.
Thursdays, March 12 - April 30, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: 2nd Floor Conference Room, 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
with Western Reserve Historical Society Staff
Fridays, March 20 - May 1, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Western Reserve Historical Society
This six-week course on the Western Reserve Historical Society Community History collections features WRHS curators and topical experts on the communities that have shaped Northeast Ohio. Scholars on the Circle begin with a survey of our community history collections during the first week. Then for each of the proceeding weeks, a different community will be investigated. Each session will be one hour. Groups will meet in the Hassler Conference Room, adjacent to the WRHS Research Library and Archives
·Week 1: Overview of community history in Cleveland and collections at WRHS- Instructor: John Grabowski, PhD., Senior Vice President & Krieger Mueller Historian
·Week 2: African American Collection- Instructor: Susan Hall, Director of Community Relations
·Week 3: Irish American Collection- Instructor John Grabowski, PhD., Senior Vice President & Krieger Mueller Historian
·Week 4: Italian American Collection - Instructor Pamela Dorazio-Dean, Associate Curator of Italian American History
·Week 5: Jewish Collection - Instructor Sean Martin, PhD., Associate Curator of Jewish History.
·Week 6: LGBT Collection - Instructor Richard Shrake, Director of the Library