The Los Angeles Times & Pitzer College Partner to Present an Education Forum
The Engaged College: Educators for Social Responsibility
Pitzer College and the Los Angeles Times joined to offer an education forum titled “The Engaged College: Educators for Social Responsibility,” which focused on the role of higher education in citizenship. The event was one of several partnerships created by the Los Angeles Times in honor of its 125th anniversary celebration.
“We were extremely pleased to have partnered with the Los Angeles Times in presenting this important education forum in celebration of their 125th anniversary,” President Laura Skandera Trombley said.
Forum participants included Alan Jones, dean of faculty, Pitzer College; Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, arts and education reporter, KPCC 89.3; Larry Gordon, staff reporter, Los Angeles Times; Elaine Ikeda, executive director, California Campus Compact; Ron Riggio, director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College; and José Calderón, professor of sociology & Chicano/a Studies, Pitzer College.
The Nichols Gallery
October 13-27, 2006
Interface featured recent works by Matthew Bryant. The works chosen for the exhibit reflected Bryant’s current concerns with points of interaction and engaging with systems, structures and materials. This conceptual approach toward artistic output is especially significant given our new age of technology in which human interaction and communication is often mediated through digital means. Though Bryant is engaged in new media rhetoric, interestingly, his output is based in the more “traditional” mediums of works on paper and sculpture.
November 14-December 8, 2006
By the Work of Their Hands featured examples of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, mostly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Functional items such as wrought-iron barn door hinges and a hand-carved wooden hayfork exemplify the principles of this material culture. All of the objects shown were meant to give visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the craftsmen who made these folk arts, their uses and the cultural tradition they perpetuate.
Sheryl Miller, professor of anthropology, and the students in her seminar “Museums and Material Culture” organized the exhibition. Representing the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, these students meticulously researched the American folk art tradition as well as the principles and techniques of exhibition installation. Throughout the duration of the show, these students acted as docents, guiding visitors through the exhibit and aiding them with the interactive features.
By the latter half of the eighteenth century, the early log houses of the first Pennsylvania Dutch settlers were being replaced by large, two-story houses built from hewn blocks of local limestone. Some of the most beautiful wrought-iron architectural hardware was made for these homes, and the huge stone-barns that accompanied them. Above, a “staghorn” hinge, later eighteenth century, probably made in Lancaster County. Decorative hinges like these were often installed on the heavy front doors of rural homes.