In the photograph above, a statue of Robert E. Lee is removed from its pedestal in New Orleans, LA, on May 19, 2017
Above, hands 'spray-painted' on walls by Tehuelche people, 9 - 13,000 years ago in what is now Patagonia.
In class we've been discussing the power of iconic imagery: in the development of religion, and in other aspects of cultural history. In this class we held a substantial conversation exploring the issue of the 1,500 statues of Confederate soldiers and other figures, and whether they should remain in public squares, or be seen only in museums or cemeteries.
This was preceded by discussion of iconic images made in the Paleolithic era (such as the fertility figure we examined), in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. We looked at how Greek culture strongly influenced European and American culture, right up to and including the campus of WMU.
Last, we segued from the Roman Coliseum, to American football stadiums. We discussed spectacle, and "bread and circuses," and then viewed a clip from the film Gladiator.
1. If you choose to discuss the issue of removing statues of Confederate figures, tell us what you learned about the issue, and wether you changed your mind in any way because of the discussion we had.
2. Otherwise, choose any other subject from this class, and enlarge the topic so that we see how it affects your life today. Topics include all those mentioned above.
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