A lecture series being hosted by the Augusta State University Humanities Program in collaboration with the Morris Museum of Art kicks off this month. The series is part of a grant project called Linking Local Resources to World History.
According to Kristin Casaletto, director of ASU’s Humanities Program, this program is funded by a $2,000 Community Partnership grant awarded to ASU’s humanities program from the Georgia Humanities Council in 2011.
“ASU is very honored to be working with the Morris Museum of Art to present programs that we hope will increase humanities education in area schools and surrounding communities,” said Casaletto.
The first lecture in this series will be held Friday, Nov. 16, and will feature ASU art professor Karen Klacsmann discussing The Enduring Influence of Classical Cultures. The next session will be held Friday, Nov. 30, with ASU professor of German Rob Bledsoe presenting a talk on Arts and Issues in Northern European Culture. The lecture series will conclude on Friday, March 22, with ASU history professor Hubert van Tuyll discussing Impressionism: Arts and Change in the Nineteenth Century.
All of these sessions are free and will begin at 1 p.m. in the Morris Museum of Art auditorium.
According to Casaletto, this lecture series is part of a one-year initiative in which both organizations are working together to create six educational units, each linked to a specific work of art at the museum, that explore historical themes that reveal Augusta’s connection to international culture and history.
In addition to this lecture series, Casaletto says other goals of the partnership grant project include the creation of a new museum tour for students and the public and the enhancement of the humanities resources being distributed by local educational and historical institutions.