Summer Seminars at Gordon College

Restoring Art to a Place in the Community:
New Lessons from Early Renaissance Italy

June 12 – July 2, 2016

Orvieto, Italy

This Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College Teachers addresses the disconnect often found between art departments and Christian studies departments at undergraduate Christian liberal arts institutions. The Summer Seminar examines a period in pre-modern Italian culture that knew no such split; considers the conditions in the modern period that have fostered division; and brainstorms new initiatives to reconnect the training of young artists and of future church leaders.

The Seminar is hosted by Gordon College’s Studio for Art, Faith & History, and will be housed in the renovated thirteenth-century monastery leased by the College. The Seminar benefits from Orvieto’s location in Umbria, with Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Arezzo within easy reach. Excursions to these and other locations will take us to ten of the major fresco cycles of the Italian Renaissance that provide touchstones for our discussion.

Funding from the Lilly Fellows Program for this Summer Seminar covers all costs of the twelve participants selected from the applicants, including room and board, all excursions, and a stipend of $1,600 to cover the costs of airfare to Italy.

The application deadline is November 10, 2015.  For more information, see Gordon's Summer Seminar website.

Description and Guidelines

Summer Seminars for College Teachers are designed for faculty at Network institutions with preference for early-career faculty.  Each seminar will be convened by a seasoned faculty person from a Network school who will have the responsibilities of designing the seminar, recruiting twelve participants from at least six different LFP Network Schools, conducting the seminar, evaluating the seminar, and disseminating what was learned.  Each seminar will address a major interdisciplinary issue of special concern for teachers in the church-related academy.  Topics must be broadly interdisciplinary, encourage ecumenical conversation, and aim to impact classroom content and practice in church-related institutions. Participants in the seminar will read a set of common texts, engage in disciplined discussion of the seminar topic, and write on some aspect of the seminar topic.  Each seminar will meet for a three or four-week period, typically on the campus of a Network school, or for two weeks with participants returning for three or four days at a designated additional time, typically at the home institution of the seminar director.  Institutions selected to host the seminars will be awarded $56,000.

Eligibility for Grant Applicants:
Institutions that have already received a grant in this category will not be eligible in the same category again for three years after the original grant was awarded.

Application Procedures:
Application procedures for the Summer Seminars for College Teachers are found here. Applicants must consult with the Lilly Fellows Program Director prior to submitting the application.

To learn more about the Guidelines for Directors of Summer Seminars, click here

The Next Application deadline is March 15, 2017. The seminar would be held the summer of the year following the deadline, that is, in summer, 2018.

To complete an application to host a Summer Seminar, click here.

See past Summer Seminars here.

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