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News Bites: Duo of Art History Professors Accepted into NEH Summer Institute on Design History

Posted April 24, 2015 in FacultyNews BitesArt History

Art History professors Dr. Erica Morawski and Dr. Karen Carter have been accepted into “Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Cannon and Beyond,” a four-week summer academic teaching institute organized by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From July 6-31, Morawski and Carter will travel to Drexel University in Philadelphia, where they and 23 other college faculty members with diverse disciplinary backgrounds will further investigate the history of modern design through a series of seminars and site visits intended to broaden the perspective of the field of design history and help the participating scholars to improve the content and delivery of their own design history courses.

Art History professors Karen Carter and Erica MorawskiKaren Carter (left) and Erica Morawski (right)

Specifically, the institute will focus on three separate in-depth seminars that will explore topics and issues surrounding taste and popular culture; women as consumers and producers of design; and political and global interpretations of design after World War II. Field trips to locations such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum in Delaware will reinforce the seminar experience through direct interactions with collections and objects. The institute will then culminate in a series of group presentations given by the participants.

Gaining acceptance into one of the NEH’s ultra-competitive institutes isn’t easy – this particular institute drew more than 70 applications – but now that they’ve been accepted, Morawski and Carter are looking forward to using the experience as a springboard to enhance KCAD’s relatively-new Design History course offerings.

“Karen and I are honored to be representing KCAD at this NEH institute,” said Morawski. “We're really excited about this experience and the opportunity it offers to make a positive impact on the courses and the academic spirit in general at KCAD.”

More information on “Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Cannon and Beyond” can be found here.