Author and lecturer on “Reflections on Children’s Cultural Lives”

  • on 28 Feb 2013
  • Blackman Auditorium, Woods Labs
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Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College Professor of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will speak on “Reflections on Children's Cultural Lives” at 4:30 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 28, in Blackman Auditorium of Woods Lab on the campus of the University of the South. The talk is free and open to the public. Residents of neighboring communities are especially welcome.

Spitz has taught interdisciplinary seminars in aesthetics, literature, psychology, and the visual arts at UMBC since 2001. She attended the University of Chicago, Barnard College (A.B.), Harvard University (M.A.T.), and Columbia University, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in 1983. She also studied at the Art Students League in New York; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; at SUNY-Purchase under celebrated woodcut artist and illustrator Antonio Frasconi; and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Spitz is the author of a number of books on art, psychology, and imagination, including The Brightening Glance: Imagination and Childhood.

Among Spitz's abiding interests are the cultural lives of young people, relations between art and psychology, and interconnections among various art forms, including literature, music, dance, and the visual arts.

The Spitz presentation is the third event in the Easter semester lecture series presented by Community Engaged Learning, the University of the South’s academic community engagement program. This annual series features a range of speakers from all over the world. They will address a variety of topics of concern for people living on the Cumberland Plateau and in surrounding communities. Most of the featured speakers are guest lecturers in Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia, a psychology course developed out of a partnership between Sewanee’s Psychology Department and Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.

Woods Lab is behind the McGriff Alumni House (map here) on Georgia Avenue, and in front of duPont Library. Parking is available on University Avenue behind Rebel’s Rest. For additional information, contact Jim Peterman by phone at 931.598.1482 or by e-mail.