Join us for the Mitchell-Reed Community of Learners lecture "Ethics & the Arts in Eastern Europe" at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in the West Library Orientation Room.
This presentation of commentary, video imagery and audio recordings relates to the May 17-30, 2017 study abroad program Ethics & the Arts in Eastern Europe. Fifteen students and 2 Wesleyan faculty – Mark Hanshaw, dean and associate professor of arts and letters, and John Fisher, professor of music – traveled to Leipzig and Berlin, Germany, and Warsaw and Krakow, Poland. For 13 days they pursued an itinerary designed to maximize learning about their focal topic: the breakdown of ethical values during the era of Hitler, the Nazis, Stalin and the Cold War in Eastern Europe, and the tremendous history of music and the other arts in that region.
Brown bag lunches are welcome; light refreshments will be provided by the Office of the Provost.
John Fisher, professor of music, is currently in his thirtieth year of service as a full-time music faculty member at Texas Wesleyan University. His instructional specialties there include applied studio piano, the undergraduate music theory sequence and music of women composers. He served as Wesleyan’s music department chairman during the 10-year period from 2004-2014.
Mark E. Hanshaw earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Ethics and Religion at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. His primary research focus was on religious law and ethics, across cultures, but with emphasis on the Muslim faith system. Hanshaw additionally holds a Master of Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School; an L.L.M. in International Law from the University of Manchester, U.K., and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee. He is also the former recipient of both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Rotary International Fellowship.