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
“Art as a tool of critical exploration in teaching math and science at Edgerton Center, MIT”
Guest scholar: Elizabeth Cavicchi, Experimental Science Instructor, Edgerton Center, MIT
Wednesday, October 18 12:00-1:00PM
Ederic Seminar Classroom, Gund Gallery
All workshops are free and open to all interested faculty. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Elizabeth’s teaching and research extends critical exploration in the classroom. This research pedagogy, developed by her Harvard doctoral adviser Eleanor Duckworth, has roots in Jean Piaget’s works and science education projects of her MIT adviser Philip Morrison. An MIT alumna and visual artist, Elizabeth has written and presented internationally, including narratives from her teaching and on her re-creations of nineteenth century electromagnetic experiments. In 2007 she collaborated with the Harvard Art Museums Art Study Center to use collection objects in teaching her science courses. She is also a practicing artist and says that the concept of metaphor as the common thread linking scientific and artistic thought has deep and recurring significance in her research.
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 email@example.com.
Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.