To cap the semester, the course’s 10 first-year students contributed interpretative frameworks for the AfroFantastic exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
When we caught up with the class in the fall, students were studying how universalism, binarism, and religion impacted America’s post-colonial era. In addition, they were examining pieces that will be on display in the exhibition, conceptualizing various ways to design the galleries.
Some of the items on display will be books, comics, artwork, and abstracts from The Alfond Inn collection.
Germain Neizil ’20, a social entrepreneurship major, likes how the class uses a sci-fi theme to depict the intricacies of black history and culture.
“I am astonished by the wealth of influential African-American historical figures that I was previously unaware of,” he says. “Dr. Chambliss has introduced me to a new world where every turn is a discovery that feeds my curiosity.”
Sara Bornett ’20 says she didn’t learn much about African-American history in high school. But “being in this class,” she explains, “has helped me tie an emotional connection with the past of my people. I deeply appreciate Rollins offering this course.”
Did You Know?
At Rollins, a variety of academic disciplines integrate their curriculum with CFAM. In recent years, the museum has benefited from students:
- Translating Spanish label texts in the Clive Gallery
- Developing on-campus marketing campaigns for the museum
- Performing classical music in the galleries
- Writing and recording audio-guide stops
- Estimating proposed investment values for works in the permanent collection
- Volunteering and serving internships
“We always emphasize that we are a teaching museum,” says Amy Galpin, former CFAM curator. “We are here to serve our campus community and to share this space with all students.”