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NEH Seminar

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Co-Directors Laura Gardner & Laura Dufresne

What brings an artist-teacher and art historian to the commonplace and scrapbook? Both come from families of readers. Both combine a lifetime of experiences and careers crossing many disciplines: teaching, administration, art for Gardner and gerontology, social services, and art history for Dufresne. Together we have presented on collaborative teaching, interdisciplinary, and the history of the book to scholars and teachers at national and international conferences. We have contributed to publications, received grants to research the history of the book, and co-curated displays. We bring the requisite transdisciplinarity, flexibility, and leadership experience to the direction of this seminar, which grows out of our studies of the book, connecting as it does with the making of their own commonplace books by all sorts of people.

Laura Gardner Profile

Laura Gardner, Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies & Reflective Practice

Laura Gardner, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, has had several careers: administrator, art educator, illustrator, letterpress printer and publisher, decorative painter, and book artist. Laura Gardner is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Program Coordinator of Art  Education. She earned her PhD in interdisciplinary studies and reflective practice in art education from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her MS is from Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York.

Laura Dufresne Profile

Laura Rinaldi Dufresne, Ph.D., Art History

Professor of Art History, Laura Dufresne was recently selected to be the Director of Medieval Studies at Winthrop University beginning in the fall of 2015. This is an interdisciplinary program with a minor, consisting of history, literature, languages, religious studies, women's and gender studies, economics, and the arts. Her book, published in 2012, was the culmination of over twenty-five years of scholarship on medieval manuscripts, analyzing text, image, dress, and gender representation in The Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Tradition of Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies.

Morgan McWhite Profile

Assistant: Morgan McWhite

Winthrop graduate in Art Education, Teacher at Crowders Creek Elementary School, SC

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