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Dr. Barbara Tomlinson

 

My lectures discuss major works of Western art from a cultural perspective, situating each work or artist in the environment that resulted in its creation. The objective is to explore how and why art is produced and to enhance the experience of observation. Since reproduced images can never replicate the actual work, talks are often designed to focus on works that are reasonably accessible. I would hope by the end of each session everyone would be eager to go see for themselves. To that end trips to major museums and collections are also sometimes organized. A list of upcoming lectures open to the public, and a partial list of available lectures is on the Lectures page. I have been a history teacher all my life, beginning in sixth grade and retiring from Kean University. Twenty five years ago I was asked to pick up an Advanced Placement Art History class for a retiring high school teacher, and discovered a new passion. At Kean I helped develop a course in Western Cultural History that introduced students to a world most of them had ignored. Taking Kean University freshmen to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for their first time and having them come home excited and vowing to ?take their mothers there? was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.



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