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Fall 2017 Film and Speakers’ Events & Activities for Visual Intelligence

Framing an Execution: The Media and Mumia Abu Jamal

October 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hosted by Dr. Tom Gardner (Communication) and Dr. Christopher Kudlac (Criminal Justice): Drs. Gardner and Kudlac will screen this 50-minute documentary, a critique of the 20/20 coverage of Mumia Abu-Jamal. 

How does the media affect our understandings and perceptions of vital social issues? 

The documentary will be followed by discussion.

Tuesday, October 3
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Owl's Nest


Sensation, Perception and Trauma: Framing Our Interpretations

October 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hosted by Dr. Alex Daniel (Psychology) and Dr. Nora Padykula (Social Work).

How do our experiences, personal, cultural and popular, influence our neurological development and shape our understandings, actions and reactions? 

Drs. Padykula and Daniel draw from their research and teaching to explore the impact of trauma on human development, including how different perceptual lenses influence our interpretations.

Tuesday, October 10
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Scanlon Banquet Hall BC


Eyewitness Testimony and Convicting the Offender: Making Sure to Get it Right

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Hosted by Dr. Dan Price and Dr. Bill Cook (Criminal Justice)

How do our perceptual abilities, training and filters influence our readings of situations?  How do those readings translate to action?

Drs. Price and Cook invite you to test your investigative and perceptual abilities by witnessing—and recalling the details of—a staged crime, followed by a discussion of the problems associated with eyewitness accounts of events.

Wednesday, November 1
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Scanlon Banquet Hall BC


Amy Herman

Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life

November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

First-Year Read for the Class of 2021

Visual Intelligence:
Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life

The First-Year READ is designed to encourage critical thinking, reading and writing among the newest members of the University community as well as spark conversation with faculty across disciplines.

Author Visit
November 7, 7 p.m.
Woodward Center

Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to systematically sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. By showing people how to look closely at painting, sculpture, photography, she helps them hone their visual intelligence to recognize the most pertinent and useful information.

She developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals from the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military and the intelligence community.

She presents the relevance of visual literacy across the professional spectrum and demonstrates how the analysis of works of art has afforded the participants in her program an innovative way to refresh their sense of critical inquiry and reconsider the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership.  The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. 

Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was published in May 2016.


*Note this schedule is subject to change.  Please check back for updates.

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