Tuesday, October 28th at 6:45pm
Searching for the Southern Frontier
Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels
The Citadel - Duckett Auditorium 101
In the Travels, William Bartram paints an eloquent picture of the wilderness landscape of the eighteenth century South. The “sublime scenes of primitive nature” he encountered on his four year journey can be difficult to imagine today. Inspired by Bartram, landscape painter Philip Juras will offer a vision of the southern frontier as Bartram would have experienced it during his famed travels.
Juras will describe how he combines direct field observation with historical, scientific, and natural history research to depict, and in some cases reimagine, landscapes as they appeared before European settlement. His paintings recreate these landscapes for contemporary viewers in much the same way that nineteenth-century American landscape painters like Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran introduced the western frontier to the imagination of eastern audiences.
Study Abroad in China - Maymester 2015
Have you ever wanted to walk along the Great Wall? Peek into the emperor’s life within the Forbidden City? Ascend a Buddhist holy mountain? Ride a horse on the Mongolian steppe? Sip tea in a Sichuanese teahouse? Inspect the First Emperor’s Terra Cotta Soldiers? Spend a night in a traditional inn within a four-hundred year-old walled city? This Maymester you can do all of these things and more. Dr. Knapp of the History Department will be conducting a Maymester study tour in China. He will visit sites of archaeological, historical, and religious significance in Beijing, Chengdu (in Sichuan Province), Hohhot (in Inner Mongolia), Xi’an (in Shaanxi Province), and Pingyao, Taiyuan and Mt. Wutaishan (all in Shanxi Province). Besides visiting sites, students will attend lectures given by Dr. Knapp and local Chinese scholars. The study tour is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Upon the successful completion of coursework, undergraduate students will receive three credit hours for History 365, while graduate students will earn three credit hours for History 771.