The 17th Annual Ruskin Lecture with Sara Atwood: “‘A pile of feathers’: Valuing Education in a Market Society”
In recent years, the market has extended its reach ever more alarmingly into schools, universities, and educational reform initiatives. More and more, education is equated primarily with national and global economic success. Increased emphasis on testing, standardization, and measurement, a decrease in fine arts programs, and a growing tendency to treat students as consumers, point to a disturbing shift in our understanding of the value of education. At the same time, there is a growing lack of preparedness, curiosity, and cultural literacy amongst students. Today, disagreement persists about access, curricula, standards, teacher training and other subjects. Sara Atwood will consider how Ruskin’s ideas might productively inform our educational debates.
Current Guild Master in the United Kingdom, Clive Wilmer lectures on Ruskin’s ecological vision and his own current work — co-sponsored by Ruskin Art Club, USC Environmental Studies Program, and USC Dornsife.
Poets Dana Gioia and Victoria Chang share their views on the current state of poetry in a Q&A session following a reading of their work at L.A.'s Ruskin Art Club, 11/7/2012.
Gioia is author of four collections including "Interrogations at Noon," winner of the 2002 American Book Award. Dana Gioia, poet and former NEA Chairman, reads from his work at the Ruskin Art Club, 11/7/12.