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SLC Faculty Colloquium set for April 2

Posted On March 21, 2018

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MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College students and faculty will join forces in the upcoming Faculty Colloquium led by Dr. Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art.

The colloquium, “The Colors of Music and the Dance Within: Exploring Intersections of the Arts and Sciences,” will run from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 2 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. It is free and open to the public.

The idea grew from a presentation by Dr. Landgraf and student Megan Baradic at the Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference in Ft. Atkinson in the fall of 2017.

Joining them in the presentation will be students Curtis Chalmers, Shannon DeGrave, Benjamin Karnitz, Kaye Solander and Micheal Stearns, as well as Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano.

“The concept involves the integration of the arts. Intersections of the arts with the sciences build relationships within the community and are an honest reflection of who we are,” Dr. Landgraf said. “I hope to explore the metaphor of the dance within. Dance is the movement of joy and struggle. Drawing is a reflection of the dance.”

Baradic, a junior majoring in art education, will discuss the mathematical significance of the integration of the magic square in the work “Melencolia,” by artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).  The magic square contains rows and quadrants of numbers that interact with each other through addition and subtraction to equal numerical constants.

“The magic square was a mathematical challenge for the intellectual of the day,” Baradic said. “Durer’s engraving personified the Renaissance artistic genius, and incorporated many facets of knowledge through symbolism and mathematics.”

The symposium also will touch on the noetic sciences. The term, coined by astronaut Edgar Mitchell following his travels in space, refers to a multidisciplinary field that pairs objective science with subjective inner knowledge.

“He felt a sense of the profound, but had not been equipped to express this experience,” Dr. Landgraf said. “The arts allow us to express the profound.”

PHOTO: Silver Lake College students Curtis Chalmers and Megan Baradic will present with Dr. Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art, center, at the April 2 Faculty Colloquium.