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This fall our program focuses on questions of beauty. Recently several ArtsEdNet Talk messages have raised questions about this topic (e.g., What is art? What is good art? How do we know?). People interested in these questions will find our new program very relevant.
We have invited three special guests to participate. Dr. Marcia Muelder Eaton and Dr. Ronald Moore, two well-known philosophers who have worked extensively with teachers, and Dr. Marilyn Stewart, whom many of you know through her workshop presentations and her recent book, "Thinking Through Aesthetics." On the ArtsEdNet web site, Marcia and Ron have modeled philosophical dialogue about aesthetic issues prompted by a virtual walk through the ancient forum of Trajan in Rome. Marilyn points out ways their ideas and dialogue can be used in your classroom. All three will be facilitating an online discussion on ArtsEdNet Talk from October 9 through November 24 that you are invited to join. (Marilyn will be joining us October 21; she's away touring China with a group of art educators giving presentations on arts education for the 21st century.)
Below is a calendar with a suggested series of issues to discuss. We hope you'll contribute your answers to these questions and your experiences in discussing them with your students. Feel free to ask each other and our special guests other questions and take the conversation in whatever directions you think are interesting. Also to help people find the messages that are part of this discussion, please put BEAUTY at the beginning of the subject line of your messages about this topic.
Question 1 - October 9 through 23
What is beauty? What do you think is beautiful? How do you know? How do
you define beauty?
This open discussion takes off from the first of Marcia and Ron*s dialogue on ArtsEdNet, "The Beauty that Was Rome." It*s a topic that has often come up on ArtsEdNet Talk, and we know that you*ll have interesting ideas to contribute.
Question 2 - October 26 through November 9
What is ideal beauty? Is there a formula for beauty? Can horrible things be beautiful? How are beauty and pleasure connected?
Question 3 - November 10 through November 24
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Are aesthetic preferences a matter of taste? Do these depend on the culture you*re from or the time you live in?
Further discussion topics will be added as new dialogues and commentary by Marcia, Ron, and Marilyn are posted on ArtsEdNet.
Thanks as always for your enthusiastic support of ArtsEdNet!
(The ArtsEdNet Team)