Distinguished Professor Series

This program provides some of the most eminent colleges and universities with a unique opportunity to connect with their Florida alumni by sharing recent scholarship with Museum members and the public. The Museum partners with a limited number of institutions to offer this elite series of informative and thought-provoking presentations each winter.

Individual Tickets: $35 ($15 Museum Members)
Alumni/ae of featured schools enjoy the Museum membership price

Robert Chapel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Musical Theatre; Directing & Producing Artistic Director, Heritage Theatre Festival
University of Virginia
A Tale of Two American Theatre Cities: New York and Chicago – Different Yet Vital
February 22, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Professor Chapel will discuss the idiosyncrasies of each city's theatre scene that give theatre-goers different yet uniquely exhilarating experiences. Theatres that range in size and recognition will be discussed, from Lincoln Center Theatre and the Public Theatre to the Fiasco and Rattlestick theaters in New York, and the Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters to the Sideshow Theatre in Chicago, among others. This will be a close look at the theatre companies that serve to make New York and Chicago each lay claim to be their region's "cradle of theatricality."

Amber N. Wiley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of American Studies
Skidmore College
Gwendolyn Brooks’ Chicago: The Poetics of an Urban Landscape
March 15, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.


This presentation builds on research that connects the African American poet Brooks to the built environment of Chicago, and shows how a close reading of her poems and contextualization of her work within art, architecture, and urbanism leads to a more inclusive (and poetic) narrative. Brooks' body of work covering the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago brought the nuances of place to life. The vignettes that spilled out of the pages of her books depicted a post-war Chicago neighborhood teeming with a migrant African American population restricted to segregated living quarters by way of racial covenants and redlining. The lecture will also connect Brooks' work with re-presentations of Chicago by Jacob Lawrence, Aaron Douglas, Faith Ringgold, and fellow poet Carl Sandburg.

Michael J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History
Williams College
The Lost Art of Making Memorials
March 22, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

For most of American history, memorials were sober classical objects that stated a single theme in powerful terms: the tragic dignity of the Lincoln Memorial or the heroic authority of the Washington Monument. But in the last generation, the commemorative object has given way to the therapeutic memorial, which seeks not to celebrate but to heal. In this illustrated talk, Professor Lewis will look at the significant memorials of the last generation, successful and unsuccessful, including the 9/11 Memorial in New York and the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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All Sales Are Final; please review your reservations carefully before submitting. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges beginning sixty (60) days before a scheduled program. However, the value of cancelled reservations may qualify as a tax-deductible donation; please notify the Museum at your earliest opportunity before the program date. Occasionally, programs are cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the Museum's control. When this occurs, you may elect to have your reservation honored for the rescheduled date or you may receive a refund if applicable. In some cases, the performance contract may set refund limitations. All refunds or exchanges are subject to a $10 non-refundable convenience fee.

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