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Westphal Announces Creative Connections Summer Series 2020

Creative Connections Summer Series 2020

July 20, 2020

Westphal’s Creative Connections Summer Series 2020

As we move through the summer, the Westphal College is thrilled to introduce a series of creative discussions and workshops for the whole Drexel community to participate in. These sessions are meant to keep creative minds flowing and forge connections with current Westphal professors over multiple topics ranging from fashion in film and the role of museums, to Marvel comics and public art. Join us to take a moment and think creatively with other members of your Drexel community.

Westphal's Creative Connections Summer Series is only open to the Drexel community.

The Case Against Streaming Music with Joe Steinhardt
Host: Joe Steinhardt
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 at 4:00 PM

It is not easy to avoid streaming music, especially when some of the largest companies in the world have worked together to create an environment where it feels like the only reasonable option. As streaming’s dominance in the marketplace becomes more solidified, there are importation questions to ask about its impact on culture, the environment, the lives of artists, and the music itself. Join Music Industry Assistant Teaching Professor Joe Steinhardt as he explores the mechanics and consequences of music streaming for listeners, artists and industry workers, and how they can be avoided.


Design Thinking, and Innovation: Problem Solving in Our Complicated World
Host: D.S. Nicholas
Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 2:00 PM

The 21st century is the age of complexity and the age of collaboration. Design Thinking is a method of problem solving that trains us to think differently, innovate, and be a successful collaborator. D.S. Nicholas, Director of the MS in Design Research program and the undergraduate minor in Sustainability in The Built Environment, will host a session on some simple techniques that can help you think creatively and be a human-centered design thinker.


The Fashion Ins and Outs of ‘Clueless’: A 90s Film Analysis with Dr. Joe Hancock
Host: Joe Hancock
Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 6:00 PM

“Ugh! As if!” you would miss this conversation with MS in Retail & Merchandising Program Director Dr. Joe Hancock about the depiction of class systems and fashion merchandising aspects of the 1995 comedy Clueless. Join us for a screening and a lively discussion about the role of fashion in film.


Marvel Comics & Film: A Glimpse into Society
Host: Milady Bridges
Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Ever been curious about the history of comics? More specifically, the history behind the entertainment giant that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Animation & Visual Effects Program Director Milady Bridges—whose screen credits include The Avengers and Star Trek Into Darkness—explores the history of Marvel comics and how comic books mirror our society and impact popular culture. She'll also discuss the modernization of these tales in order to adapt them for TV and film.


The Library at Alexandria Still Burns: Why We Will Return to Working in Museums
Host: Laura-Edythe Coleman
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Will museums open again? Will we still have jobs when the museums reopen? Will people feel safe visiting museums in a post-COVID-19 era? Join Dr. Laura-Edythe Coleman, Program Director for the Online MS in Arts Administration & Museum Leadership, for a conversation about the raison d'etre for museums and the role of museum leaders in the future.


The History of the Barnes Museum a discussion with former Executive Director Professor Derek Gillman
Host: Derek Gillman
Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 at 3:00 PM

In 2012, the vast and diverse art collection of Albert Barnes was moved from his historic residence to its new, widely accessible home in Philadelphia. Join Professor Derek Gillman to discuss Albert Barnes’ commitment to advance equality in America through education and the new opportunities created by the museum’s move . Professor Gillman is Distinguished Teaching Professor, Art History and Museum Leadership, and Senior Adviser to the Drexel President for University Collections. From 2006 to 2013, he was Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, stewarding the collection to its new home.


Conversation with Chief Curator, Clare Sauro of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection
Host: Clare Sauro
Thursday, August 13th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Ever wonder what gems can be found in the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection? Discover and discuss the more than 14,000 objects—including garments, sketches, and accessories by designers like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Halston, and James Galanos—Collection with our Chief Curator Clare Sauro.


Philadelphia’s Public Art: Myth-making in the City
Host: Elizabeth Milroy
Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Explore the fascinating history of public art in the city of Philadelphia with Professor and Department Head of Art & Art History, Elizabeth Milroy.


Visual Studies Summer Studio Workshops
Hosts: Sarah Steinwachs, Mark Stockton and Josh Weiss
Every Other Wednesday Night from 6 - 7pm

Rotating faculty from the Visual Studies program of the Westphal College will host casual workshops exploring various methods of making: collage, color exploration, drawing and portfolio building. Come join us for a little bit of creative fun!

August 5th, 2020 from 6-7:00 PM
Host: Josh Weiss

August 19th, 2020 from 6-7:00 PM
Host: Mark Stockton

September 2nd, 2020 from 6-7:00 PM
Host: Sarah Steinwachs