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March 01-04, 2018

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"Encouraging Critical Thinking in the History of Photography"

Amanda Dahlgren (T&L)

Friday, March 11 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Red Rock Ballroom I

I will share my approach to teaching the History of Photography through the lens of “Persistent Debates” that have followed the medium since its inception. I share this framework with my students at the beginning of the semester and then, during the course of a standard chronological sequence, whenever we encounter work that fits into one or more of these persistent debates, we discuss the nuances of it. By framing the curriculum this way, students are encouraged to think critically and find their own personal relevance in the material. This approach also helps frame meaningful class discussions and helps students tie the past to the present.

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