Angelique Szymanek, visiting assistant professor of Art and Architecture, has been selected as a 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar.
Chosen from a competitive national applicant pool, Szymanek will attend “Moral Psychology and Education: Putting the Humanities to Work,” one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the NEH. Each summer, the NEH supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.
During the four-week program, held at Grand Valley State University, Szymanek says she looks forward “to enriching my understanding of the relationship between moral and intellectual development in the classroom and sharing my experiences with the faculty and students here at HWS next year.”
Part of her interest in the NEH program this summer grew out of Szymanek’s experience teaching at the Colleges.
“The student-centered approach to learning that is embraced at HWS, fostered in large part by the workshops and guidance of The Center for Teaching and Learning, has motivated my desire to better understand how to mobilize the unique potential of the humanities in a liberal arts education,” she explains. “More than building a knowledge base, teaching in the arts can facilitate the moral and ethical growth of students creating empathetic, civic-minded and globally aware citizens.”
Szymanek, who joined the Hobart and William Smith faculty in 2015, holds a B.A. and M.A. in art history from SUNY Buffalo and a Ph.D. in art history from SUNY Binghamton. During her time at HWS, she has published “Bloody Pleasures: Ana Mendieta’s Violent Tableaux,” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture & Society (summer 2016) and “A Gun For Every Girl,” a special issue of The Journal of Feminist Scholarship (co-editor) (Fall 2016).
In the photo above, Angelique Szymanek, visiting assistant professor of Art and Architecture, teaches class in Houghton House.