Metaphoric thinking is often considered a tool of artistic creativity because it reflects the work of the imagination, yet it requires the mind to perform a complex integration of different concepts, essential to all intellectual processes. The premise for this seminar is the idea that by using art to mediate students’ exploration of scientific concepts, we exercise the imagination and creativity to inspire new ideas and modes of inquiry that expand the formal structures used to communicate math and science principles. One goal of this seminar is to create an opportunity for faculty in mathematics and the sciences to explore ways of using contemporary art exhibited at the Gund Gallery, or 20th and 21st-century art in the Gund Gallery Collection, to enhance metaphoric thinking in their courses to improve students’ critical thinking and their ability to produce new forms of knowledge.
All workshops are free and open to all interested faculty. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Guest scholars: Veronica White, Curator of Academic Programs, Princeton University Art Museum and Catherine Riihimaki, Associate Director, Science Education, Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University
In the fall of 2014, the Princeton University Art Museum hosted a series of labs for ENV201B, “Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity and Energy.” The visits to the museum were designed to draw connections between the humanities and social sciences, and the sciences and engineering, to appeal to the students’ different academic interests. The sessions concluded with a panel discussion with representatives from the museum, geological and geophysical sciences, chemistry and ecology and evolutionary biology. Dr. White also works with faculty in cognitive psychology, addressing issues of space perception, and with faculty in neuroscience, examining facial expressions and discussing face perception. Dr. Riihimaki’s teaching interests focus on introducing Earth science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualization to undergraduate students.
About the series:
The Gund Gallery 2017 Faculty Workshop Series will explore with faculty in mathematics and the sciences ways of using contemporary art at the Gund Gallery to improve students’ critical thinking and their ability to produce new forms of knowledge.
• October 4: “Developing math and science skills through art analysis at Oberlin College,” Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, Allen Memorial Museum of Art, Oberlin College; Taylor Allen, Biology Department, Oberlin College
• October 18: “Art as a tool of critical exploration in teaching math and science at Edgerton Center, MIT,” Elizabeth Cavicchi, Experimental Science Instructor, Edgerton Center, MIT
• November 8: “The intertwined intellectual history of art and science at Harvard University,” Ethan Lasser, Head, Division of European and American Art, Harvard Art Museums and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Curator of American Art, Harvard Art Museums
• November 15: “Integrating art, science, and engineering at Princeton University,” Veronica White, Curator of Academic Programs, Princeton University Art Museum; Catherine Riihimaki, Associate Director, Science Education, Council on Science and Technology, Princeton University
For more information, please contact Jodi Kovach, Curator of Academic Programs, at 740-427-4246 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Wednesday, November 15 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Gund Gallery, Ederic Seminar Classroom
101 1/2 College Drive Gambier, Ohio 43022