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Fall 2011 Programs/Events

An Evening of Poetry, Memoir, Dementia and Healthcare Policy
September 22, 2011

The fields of medicine and creative writing are merging in exciting new ways. Poet and memoirist Rachel Hadas spoke about Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry, in which she explores her husband’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Rita Charon, founder and director of Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine, offered insight into the powerful role storytelling can play between caregivers and patients. Co-sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy, The Writing Center, and the Roosevelt House.


Arts Across the Curriculum: It's Easier Than You Think (pdf)
Teaching Tuesdays
October 25, 2011

English Prof. Rebecca Connor, Chair of Arts Across the Curriculum's Faculty Committee, presented on her popular inter-disciplinary course, The Gothic in Literary and Visual Culture.  Professor Connor discussed the persistent iconic significance of the famous monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, using images and objects from 19th century art, contemporary popular culture, film and children's Halloween decorations. Arts Across the Curriculum Project Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley joined and the two led a lively conversation with faculty about how to integrate the arts into their classrooms. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Aspen at Roosevelt: Arts and Community
November 7, 2011

Think-tank The Aspen Institute visited the Roosevelt House at Hunter College for a discussion highlighting the crucial role of the arts in society. Representatives from the Arts Across the Curriculum initiative attended this educational conversation between Damian Woetzel, The Aspen Institute’s director of Arts Programs, and Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by The Aspen Institute at the Roosevelt House.


Open Forum
November 12, 2011

Following an overwhelming response from faculty to her inquiry about how professors already integrate the arts into their curricula, Hunter College Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz held an open forum seeking more ways to infuse the arts throughout Hunter's disciplines, programs, and courses. Leading the discussion and answering questions was Professor Rebecca Connor, Acting Associate Provost and Chair of the Arts Across the Curriculum Faculty Committee. Dozens of faculty members attended, with representatives from departments ranging from public health and biology to history and Oriental studies.


How Chemistry Makes Art: An Olfactory Self-Portrait
November 30, 2011

Donna McGregor, a doctoral lecturer in chemistry at Hunter College, joined independent artist Martynka Wawrzyniak to present the final concept of Wawrzyniak's upcoming exhibition: An Olfactory Self-Portrait. To distill the "essence of the artist," Wawrzyniak worked with four chemistry students in the lab for five months to extract, isolate, and concentrate the scent from her sweat, hair, and tears. The extraction was then be used to create a "perfume" that Wawrzyniak planned to exhibit as her "olfactory self-portrait."

Teaching Tuesdays
Hooking Up: A Historical Timeline of Courting & Mating Practices Through Sociology and Dance
December 6, 2011

Often lumped into categories like entertainment and exercise, dance is actually a deeply rooted cultural bellwether revealing shifting gender roles, social norms, and courting and mating practices. Hunter College professors Erica Chito-Childs (Sociology) and Kathleen Isaac (Dance), both members of the Arts Across the Curriculum Faculty Committee, gave a presentation on the multiple layers of this art form, including an illustrative student dance performance. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.


The Artist's Institute
December 14, 2011

Curator Anthony Huberman, director of The Artist's Institute, discussed the exciting work of this experimental platform for thinking about contemporary art. A Hunter College project, The Artist's Institute highlights a single artist each season while inviting additional artists to respond to the work of the "anchor artist" (pdf). Hunter's MA and MFA students help direct programming that is open to the general public.

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