"Universality of Art and Art's Power to Make Social Statements"
John Bailly (Florida International University)
John Bailly, an art Fellow at the Honors College at Florida International University, spoke on January 15, 2013, about the universality of art and its power to make social statements. He examined the heroic pose of Alexander the Great in various works of art, and how that pose has been used to portray leadership ever since.
Bailly's own work, currently focusing on Pascal's Triangle and the Fibonacci numbers, explores the ways that we process information. Bailly's work in the Honors College includes the direction of the Aesthetics and Values program, which he founded. He also teaches three classes: The Origin of Ideas; and the Idea of Origins, Inhabiting Other Lives; and Aesthetics & Values: Art as Social Language. He has won two Excellence in Teaching awards and a European Union grant for curriculum development.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.