Art, Politics, and Power

Lillian Goudas
Day/Time Taught: 
MWF 12:00 - 12:50
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Would you kill for art?  Would you die for it?  Many have in the past, and one day you might, too! This course will look at the the power of art and why people and nations have paid for, stolen, enshrined, collected, or destroyed it.  What can we learn from art and how do we protect it?  From the Persian sack of Athens in 480BC to the so-called "rape of Europa" in which Hitler stole the greatest artworks in Europe during WWII, we will discuss the desire to steal and destroy another culture's art for political gain.  (Did you know that over $100 Million dollars worth of art was destroyed on 9/11?)  We will also discuss the role of art and the artist in conveying the ethos of a culture and introduce the concept of "culture care."  Various readings, film screenings, field trips to the Turchin Center on campus, sculpture walks and collaborative assignments will enliven our class discussions.  The culminating project will be a short documentary film in which you will create an artifact for our own "virtual
museum" to preserve what art YOU think is important.

Instructor Bio: 

Lillian Nave Goudas encourages her students to change the world for the better
as soon as they set foot on campus. Her Art, Religion & Society First Year Seminar engages the students with the Boone community and the world at large through the visual arts. From gallery shows to student-made documentary films, and from Boone to New York City and Kabul, Afghanistan, students learn what a valuable tool art can be to communicate ideas, culture and emotion.

Lillian has been teaching at Appalachian State since 2007 and has taught in the First Year Seminar program since 2009. She founded the ArtHaus Residential Learning Community and was awarded RLC Partner of the Year in 2012 for her work with the ArtHaus students. Before coming to Appalachian, she taught at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and the State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. She also enjoys giving public lectures about art from around the world and has lectured at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She is a member of the International Arts Movement and has recently given talks about innovative teaching strategies and civic engagement in Athens, Greece, South Africa and Australia.

She asserts, "I want to cultivate creativity in my courses and that includes challenging my students to take risks, embrace failure and learn from their mistakes, all in an environment of growth." Each class is a new journey in which Lillian and her students learn and create knowledge together, where Lillian acts more like a curator of information rather than an instructor. In her class, the students lead, and the class itself becomes and instrument of learning, change, development and growth for the student.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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