K-12 Workshop - Global Encounters in Early America: Teaching World History Through Art and Objects

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

K-12 Workshop - "Global Encounters in Early America: Teaching World History Through Art and Objects"

This workshop for K-12 teachers is offered in conjunction with a loan exhibition of objects reflecting Americans’ global networks in the early republic on view at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross. Participants will explore the exhibition and its historical themes and, guided by a secondary school social studies teacher, consider ways of teaching history, literature, and visual art through objects. The exhibition includes printed materials—maps, voyage narratives, and illustrated travels, along with decorative arts such as Chinese and English silks and ceramics, Indian cottons, and Caribbean mahogany. By participating in this global trade-based economy, Americans transformed everyday life in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The program will feature a keynote address by Eric Jay Dolin author of When America First Met China and Leviathan; and presentations by Caroline Frank, author of Objectifying China, Imagining America; Patricia Johnston, Rev. J. Gerard Mears Professor of Art History, College of the Holy Cross; and master teacher Charles Newhall, St. John’s Preparatory School.

The workshop will take place the Hogan Center, Suite B, College of the Holy Cross, One College Street, Worcester, Mass. The program will include tours of the exhibition with student curators. The exhibition, Global Encounters in Early America, is the concluding activity for a seminar taught by Professor Johnston in which the students selected objects, organized interpretive themes, and prepared labels. These students are now serving as gallery docents.

Co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the New England History Teachers Association.

Registration and Parking

Hogan Campus Center: Go up the College Street hill and enter Gate 7 (the last gate on the left). The Hogan Campus Center is the second building on the left with the large silver cross on it. Visitor parking is to the right of the Campus Center.

Program registration: The fee for this program is $20, which covers refreshments, lunch, and a copy of the illustrated exhibition catalogue. PDP points are available to teachers attending this conference and all or part of the symposium on April 3-5, 2014 for which there is no additional charge.

To register: http://college.holycross.edu/projects/globalencounters/ge-events.html

For more information email: globalencounters2014@gmail.com or artsRSVP@holycross.edu

Major funding for the exhibition Global Encounters in Early America and related educational programs at the College of the Holy Cross was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Rev. J. Gerard Mears fund for programming in the fine arts, College of the Holy Cross.

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