The schedule of sessions for the almost-here College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles is overwhelming. Thankfully the abstracts have arrived to help clarify some of the content. While attendees will undoubtedly seek out sessions that pique their personal and research interests, I would like to suggest five sessions which are likely to appeal to a broad range of art historians by focusing on pedagogical and disciplinary issues.
1. The State of the Discipline
Chairs: Sandra Esslinger, Mount San Antonio College; Deana Hight, Mount San Antonio College
While many of us may feel we already have answers to questions this session is likely to pose, it seems important for anyone who wishes to imagine their future in Art History.
2. What Is Conceptual Thinking?
Chair: Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University
Like conceptual art, conceptual thinking is an area that I find to be challenging for my students. I look forward to being in their shoes for a couple of hours.
3. Who Do We Teach? Challenges and Strategies in Recognizing Our Students, and Developing and Supporting Curriculum for Multiple Constituencies
Chairs: Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; Cindy Maguire, Adelphi University
Speaking of being in their shoes, shouldn’t we strive to better understand our students? We spend so much energy helping them understand who we are and what we do, and I for one am often surprised by them.
4. Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College
Chairs: Laura J. Crary, Presbyterian College; William Ganis, Wells College
Though on it’s surface this session has a narrow focus, I suspect that many of the questions presented will be relevant to even those art historians in larger departments. I, for instance, fly tandem. Nonetheless I am looking forward to learning about how other historians have embraced the challenges of interdisciplinary pedagogy and small departments.
5. Technology in the Art History Classroom: A Hands-On Learning Workshop
Chair: Sarah Jarmer Scott, Wagner College
I’m always looking for new opportunities to engage my students. Many of the technological and pedagogical advancements I’ve experienced have made a positive impact on my classroom, and many of them have been more distracting than productive