Prof. Julia B. Rosenbaum, Terra Visiting Professor Summer Semester 2023
The Terra Visiting Professor at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute Julia B. Rosenbaum (Bard College) offered the following courses on American Art in the summer term 2023:
ART AND ENVIRONMENT: PERSPECTIVES ON LAND, LANDSCAPE, AND ECOLOGY (BA Course)
Wednesdays 2 – 4 p.m., Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319;
course number 32101-S23, first session on April 19, 2023.
This course explores the relationship between the natural world and United States culture, considering specifically the visual expression of that relationship: How have Americans imagined “nature” and represented it? How have concepts of land and landscape shaped perceptions about social order, identity, and sustainability? The course provides both a historical framework for thinking about these questions as well as a contemporary perspective, particularly in the context of a potential new era known as the “Anthropocene.”
VISUALIZING FREEDOM: REVOLUTION, EMANCIPATION, RIGHTS (MA Course)
Thursdays 2 – 4 p.m., Kennedy Institute (Lansstr. 7-9, 14195 Berlin) room 319;
course number 32115-S23, first session on April 20, 2023.
Political and cultural revolutions from the eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries ignited debates about basic human rights and equality. How were these rights defined, promoted, and resisted? This course explores the role of visual material in developing discourses of freedom in the Atlantic World of this period. Fundamental to that pursuit were, and are, conceptions of what makes a citizen. We will examine the relationship between art and citizenship through three lenses: revolution, abolitionism, and enfranchisement. The class will address a range of media as well as reflect critically on connections between historical and present-day struggles for political, racial, and gender equity.