9th Biennial Conference of the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists
Liberation and Deliberation
Conversations on the Liberal Education of Arts Students
Back Bay Hilton
40 Dalton Street
Wednesday, October 19–Saturday, October 22, 2011
The Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists (CLEA) cordially invites you to attend a weekend conference focused on the liberal education of arts students. Presentations, panels, and workshops will delineate and debate philosophies and practices of teaching and learning, with our overall goal of strengthening the liberal education of college students preparing for careers in the visual, performing, and literary arts.
“The role of the artist in society is as poet, philosopher, and alchemist who can transform an audience. But in order to work that miracle, the artist must learn to see, to think, to understand in new ways. The liberal arts provide that source—a space in which to reflect, to pull away, to re-engage. Without it, we retreat into our studios and forget to come out. We are no longer artists.”
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Keynote Speaker: Laura Karpman
Four-time Emmy Award–winner Laura Karpman is a film, television, and interactive composer whose work encompasses jazz, classical, and global music traditions. Karpman grew up composing and performing classical music, studying with legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger. Karpman went on to receive her doctorate at Juilliard under renowned composer Milton Babbitt. Her distinguished credits include scoring Steven Spielberg’s Emmy-winning 20-hour miniseries Taken for DreamWorks, Showtime’s Odyssey 5 (Emmy nominated); ABC’s In Justice and Masters of Science Fiction (Emmy nominated); PBS’s Craft in America (Emmy nominated), American Masters: Carol Burnett, The Living Edens, and A Woman of Independent Means (Emmy nominated); Sony’s Center Stage: Turn It Up, Sandlot II, Doing Time, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr.; The Living Edens (Emmy winning); and numerous video games including Everquest II and Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom.
Parallel to her film and television composing, Karpman has a distinguished career as a composer of concert music. Her works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Tanglewood Music Festival. She is also a frequent composer for the theater, and her opera, Escape, was commissioned for the L.A. Opera. In 2009, she collaborated with soprano Jessye Norman on Ask Your Mama, a multimedia hybrid opera based on a text by Langston Hughes. Karpman’s numerous awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Foundation grants, multiple Meet the Composer grants, and a Vogelstein Foundation grant, as well as residencies at Tanglewood, the McDowell Colony, and the Sundance Institute. In addition to her career as a composer, Karpman is an active member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Film and Television and a guest composer of the Juilliard School Composition Forum.
Plenary Speaker: Lois Hetland
Lois Hetland is a professor of Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and a Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2000. Trained in music and visual arts and formerly an elementary and middle school classroom teacher for 17 years, her work as a developmental psychologist focuses on learning, understanding, and teaching in the arts and other disciplines. Her most recent prior research was a series of meta-analytic reviews for Reviewing Education and the Arts Project (REAP), 1997–2000, including two reviews of music’s effects on spatial reasoning. That project’s work was published in an invited special issue of the Journal of Aesthetic Education, which she coedited. REAP has been widely discussed in Beyond the Soundbite: Arts Education and Academic Outcomes (coeditor, 2011); in a dedicated issue of the Arts Education Policy Review (May/June, 2001); in commentary on National Public Radio; and in articles in the New York Times, Education Week, and numerous other newspapers and magazines.
Hetland was coprincipal investigator of Project Zero’s subcontract to the Alameda County Office of Education’s VALUES Project (Visual Arts Learning for Understanding Education in Schools) and is principal investigator of the current subcontract focused on the spread of that pilot, both funded by United States Department of Education. She is also a coprincipal investigator of the Qualities of Quality Project, funded by the Wallace Foundation; has served as the education chair of Project Zero’s annual summer institute from 1996 to 2005; has taught an online course on professional development for teacher’s on Harvard’s WIDE platform (Widescale Interactive Development of Educators) from 2000 to 2005; and consults nationally and internationally on arts and on teaching and learning for understanding. She authored the staff development guide to Project Zero’s video series, Educating for Understanding; co-edited two volumes based on Project Zero’s institutes; and is co-authoring The Dimensions of Understanding Guide.
Executive Summit, hosted by Berklee College President Roger Brown
When Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown assumed his post in 2004, he brought a rich palette of professional and life experiences to the job. Skills accrued playing recording sessions as a drummer in New York, administering United Nations humanitarian operations in Southeast Asia and Africa, and cofounding a successful publicly traded corporation have contributed to his effective leadership at the world’s largest college of contemporary music.
Under his direction Berklee has embarked on a $50 million capital campaign and established presidential scholars and Africa scholars programs to bring the world’s best young musicians to Berklee. He has led in developing a more selective admissions policy that has raised the level of entering students. Under his auspices, Berklee created a model advising program to support new students. Brown has overseen the expansion of the City Music program to reach economically disadvantaged urban youth across America. As well, Brown has facilitated the expansion of Berklee’s campus facilities, instituted semester-abroad programs, and partnered with the city of Valencia, Spain and the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers to open a Berklee satellite campus in Valencia, Spain in 2012.
Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College of the Arts, the Eastman School of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, McNally Smith College of Music, New England Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College, and University of the Arts, among others.