Tuesday, May 12, 2009

PCCUA NEWS-Bagley selected to attend workshop at Northeastern University

       Andrew Bagley

Bagley selected to attend workshop at Northeastern University

Andrew Bagley, social science instructor at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA), has been selected among only 50 community college faculty in the country to attend a workshop at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

 The American Lyceum and Public Culture: The Oratory of Idealism, Opportunity, and Abolition will be presented May 24-30 as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.

During the workshop, participants will revisit an important time in American intellectual and social history, the age of the American Lyceum. They will take a unique look back by visiting authentic Lyceum sites, hearing professional actors perform some of the great orations delivered on the Lyceum stage, and exploring with acclaimed scholars of rhetoric and history the meaning and impact of this landmark time in American history.

Founded in 1826, the American Lyceum is considered one of the most defining adult educational movements in our history. It quickly evolved into a national lecturing circuit, providing a spirited education in democratic culture.

            The American Lyceum through oratory is so important because 19th century America became an oratorical society at a time when mass media such as radio, television, film, and the internet weren't there to create and sustain culture.  Public attitudes and perceptions were very much shaped by orators on platforms and lecture podiums. These great public speakers are credited with stirring audiences at a decisive point in time, shaping their beliefs and molding them into the people they became.

The May workshop will take participants to landmark Lyceum sites, such as the Asa Waters mansion, site of early Lyceum gatherings, and to Concord, Massachusetts, for lectures and interpretations of orations by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and others at the First Parish Church and the Masonic Temple Lodge. The Concord stop will include an introduction to the Lyceum archives at the Concord Public Library and visits to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Emerson's home.

On Bagley's selection to attend the workshop, Dr. Deborah King, PCCUA Vice Chancellor for Instruction, said, "How fortunate for PCCUA to have Mr. Bagley on our faculty. NEH seminars are extremely competitive and difficult to receive." 

Bagley, who joined Phillips College in 2007, holds a B.A. degree from Ouachita Baptist University and an M.A. from Baylor University. 





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