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Citadel News Service
28 Mar 2013

The Art of Perception: Rethinking How We See

Works of art help train law enforcement and security experts

Art work can help crime scene investigators, police officers and Homeland Security officers do their jobs better, according to Amy Herman, the creator of the training program "The Art of Perception: Rethinking How We See."

amy hermanHerman will bring her expertise to The Citadel from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. The lecture and training event is open to the public. Advance registration is required. Admission is $5 a person. Citadel students may attend for free.

With dual degrees in art and law, Herman uses the visual of a painting to help the audience rethink their verbal response. Originally designed to help hone medical students' observation skills, Herman's training program was subsequently adapted to sharpen the perceptional skills of law enforcement professionals. Since 2000, Herman has conducted the program for a wide range of agencies including the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Homeland Security. The training has been featured on the CBS Evening News and the Wall Street Journal.

Herman will lead the audience in problem-solving exercises and participatory roundtable discussions designed to improve the visual perception skills that are critical to success in professional fields requiring quick assessment and rapid response.

Herman's presentation at The Citadel will be a first for South Carolina.

To register go to For more information contact Tiffany Silverman, fine arts instructor, by phone at 843-953-7477 or by email at

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