Teaching With and Outside the Canon

Professors Ann Kutner and Michael Leja, History of Art

Tuesday, April 9 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Will Schmenner, CTL Graduate Fellow, History of Art

Location: Jaffe 104

Summary: When we teach we invariably create narratives, think in sequences of events and choose some examples or objects instead of others. How do we remain thoughtful about these choices? Join Professor Ann Kuttner and Professor Michael Leja as they discuss their own relation to the canon and how they change and reorder the objects they teach with. Topics up for discussion include the canon of methods and approaches; historical canons; weird, outlying objects; the unavoidability of canons; and sequencing and defining a period. The discussion will be centered on how to put objects first and then how to, very thoughtfully, work from there.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History of Art department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.