Conference schedule and panel sessions subject to change
Day 1: Wednesday, July 6
Theme: MEMORIES, DOCUMENTS, AND HISTORIES
8:30 Registration and refreshments
9:00 Introduction and welcome with Dr. Juilee Decker and Mike Deetsch, Project Directors (Brown-Forman Room)
9:15 Keynote address, "Memory, Conflict, and Kentucky History" given by Dr. James C. Klotter, Professor of History at Georgetown College and the State Historian (Brown-Forman Room)
Dr. Klotter will begin by introducing likenesses of select historical figures from the Picturing America portfolio. He will then look at their images in the American mind and contrast and compare the lives and likenesses of the everyday people who comprise the nation and its history. Using Kentucky as a case study, Klotter will point out frontier, Civil War, and World War II stories of the human side of conflict in terms of images as documents of a moment in time and memories preserved, as well as those lost or obliterated. To conclude, Klotter will acknowledge the role of icons, both from the past and in our very present.
10:30 Session 1 with Dr. Susan Martis, Case Western Reserve University (Brown-Forman Room)
Dr. Martis will speak on the history of photography and the role of photography as a form of documentation. She will give a brief overview of photographic processes and will have samples of early forms of photography on hand for viewing. Her presentation will feature four photographs from the Picturing America portfolio: Alexander Gardner, Abraham Lincoln, 1865; Walker Evans, Brooklyn Bridge, 1929; Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936; and James Karales, Selma-to-Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965, 1965.
11:45 Session 2 with Dr. Barbara Burlison Mooney, University of Iowa (Brown-Forman Room)
Dr. Mooney will speak on American architecture using the Picturing America portfolio, Thomas Cole's State Capitol, Columbus, Ohio, and other exemplars of American architecture broadly defined. Her presentation will be supplemented, later in the conference, with on-site visits to local resources that offer Kentucky variations on the Jeffersonian (and Palladian) models.
12:45 Lunch on your own
1:45 Concurrent Workshops (participants choose 1)
Workshop I: This workshop will approach different subject areas through the arts, with a focus on writing and social studies. This presentation will support the conference theme and will incorporate several works from the Picturing America portfolio. Freda Klotter
Workshop II: This workshop demonstrates how to use works of art (primary documents) as visual guides for exploring detail and content in a lesson plan. Participants will learn specific strategies for discussing a work of art such as object selection and creating guided questions. In the galleries, teachers will participate in a guided observation of an artwork led by a museum educator. Using a common image from the Picturing America: Teachers Resource Book, they will work in small groups to develop questions and an activity to use in the classroom. Upon returning to their schools, teachers will be encouraged to submit a final lesson plan with images of student work to be made available on KHSs website as a valuable online pedagogical resource. Natacha Livak
Workshop III: This workshop demonstrates how to use creative dramatic activities to further understand and investigate primary and secondary sources. Greg Hardison
3:00 Concurrent Workshops (participants choose 1)
Workshop I: See above.
Workshop II: See above.
Workshop III: See above.
4:00 Brief evaluation (Brown-Forman Room)
NOTE: Participants are invited to visit the galleries of the Kentucky Historical Society, which will remain open until 5:00 pm today.
Day 2: Thursday, July 7
Theme: LANDSCAPES, PORTICOS, AND LINKS
8:30 Sign in and refreshments with an overview of Podcasts and Photostream by Dr. Juilee Decker and Mike Deetsch, Project Directors (Brown-Forman Room)
9:00 Keynote address, "Nature Transcribed and Transfigured in American Art" given by Dr. Janice Simon, University of Georgia (Brown-Forman Room)
Focusing on select images from the Picturing America portfolio, Professor Simon will discuss how American artists encountered the natural world, especially the national landscape, as both views to see, transcribe and then transfigure into unique works of art. The naturalist tradition embodied in Audubon's American Flamingo will be examined in Thomas Cole's View from Mount Holyoke and Albert Bierstadt's Looking Down Yosemite Valley. These artists, however, will also be discussed as transfiguring the actual places they painted incorporating artistic conventions to convey higher meanings beyond a recording of nature. The role of literary references in American representations of nature will be discussed in the works of Cole, N.C. Wyeth's cover for The Last of the Mohicans and Louis Comfort Tiffanys dramatic window, The River of Life. How twentieth century artists like Charles Sheeler and Joseph Stella infused meaning in their portrayals of the newly industrialized landscape will conclude the lecture.
10:15 Session 3 with Dr. Nancy Scott, Brandeis University (Brown-Forman Room)
Dr. Scott will address Augustus Saint-Gaudens' sculpture dedicated to the Civil War's first black regiment from the North, Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial. Bringing in biography and cultural context as well as recent scholarship, Scott will remark upon the role of monument and memory in the construction as well as our modern understanding of this celebrated sculpture on Boston Common.
11:30 Concurrent Workshops (participants choose 1)
Workshop IV: KETs Education Division will present a session on digital storytelling that will give teachers an understanding of the technical tools for creating digital stories as well as ideas for using digital storytelling to encourage students to connect to the Picturing America images and themes on a deep and personal level. Larry Moore
Workshop V: In this session, teachers learn how to create a podcast for classroom use. Sample podcasts, using the Picturing America content, will be viewed and step-by-step instructions will be given. The presenter will also share ways to incorporate podcasts into classroom learning. To participate, teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop and download free software that will be demonstrated and used in this session. The software is called Audacity and is available here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Please Download the version that corresponds with your operating system: Windows XP will use version 1.2; Windows 7 or Vista will need 1.3. Rachel Allen
Workshop VI: This session will show teachers how to incorporate Web 2.0 technology for use inside and outside the classroom. The session offers an overview of blogging software, such as "Blogger", that is streamlined and efficient. Because blogs can provide a space for students to journal and comment on material through text only, or by posting multimedia and links, blogging serves as a way to promote collaborative learning for a particular population of students and the community of teachers involved in this Picturing America conference. Jessica Shields
12:30 Lunch on your own (Podcasts and Photostream Brown-Forman Room)
1:30 Concurrent Workshops (participants choose 1)
Workshop IV: See above.
Workshop V: See above.
Workshop VI: See above.
2:45 "Literature, Memory, and History" Reading and Discussion with Wendell Berry and Dr. James C. Klotter (Brown-Forman Room)
Dr. Klotter and Wendell Berry will engage in a conversation that will be framed as a reading and a response focused on war and memory.
3:30 - Breakout sessions facilitated by Craig Reynolds (Brown-Forman Room)
Conference attendees will participate in a break-out session, lead by one of the presenters. These small-groups sessions will further connect the Picturing America images with the conference theme and panels and school curriculum.
4:30 Brief evaluation, closing, adjournment, and next steps by Dr. Juilee Decker and Mike Deetsch, Project Directors (see you in January!)
Day 3: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Theme: PICTURING AMERICA, PICTURING KENTUCKY
8:30 - Registration
9:00 - Welcome back and review of day with Dr. Juilee Decker and Mike Deetsch, Project Directors (Brown-Forman Room)
9:15 Session with Craig Reynolds (Brown-Forman Room)
This panel will focus on American architecture and will consider local and regional examples.
10:30 - Sharing classroom successes (Brown-Forman Room)
11:30 Travel to Georgetown College: Georgetown College Collections, Georgetown, KY with Laura Stewart
1:30 Working Lunch: sharing classroom successes
2:30 - Break
2:45 - Frank Lloyd Wrights Ziegler House, Frankfort, KY; Old State Capitol, Frankfort, KY
(Juilee Decker, Mike Deetsch, Craig Reynolds, and Laura Stewart)
3:45 - Frank Lloyd Wrights Zielger House, Frankfort, KY: Old State Capitol, Frankfort, KY
(Juilee Decker, Mike Deetsch, Craig Reynolds, and Laura Stewart)
5:00 - End of Day