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Wednesday, October 29

Ambiguity, Inquiry, Dialogue: The Visual Thinking Strategies Teaching Method and Higher Education

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Dabney Hailey, Independent Curator


Curator and educator Dabney Hailey, who was formerly Director of Academic Programs at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, will facilitate a discussion about an artwork to demonstrate the teaching method, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). She then will address some key questions: What is visual thinking (or visual literacy), why does it matter, and how might it be developed in undergraduate students? How can open-ended, rigorous discussions about art, such as VTS conversations, enable academic museums to more effectively meet and influence curricular needs across disciplines? Describing the ways in which VTS cultivates the process of inquiry, creates comfort with ambiguity, and fosters collaboration, Hailey will draw on her experiences applying the method in a range of classes (Anthropology, Biology, Business, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Public Policy, among others) at Brandeis. Co-sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Friends of the Art Museum.