Laura E. Smith

Associate Professor of Art History, Michigan State University

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When the Culture Wars Hit Fort Wayne

Uncategorized / July 31, 2020 / No Comments

My mother grew up in Ft. Wayne, IN. My grandparents moved there from Illinois in the 1940s (I think). I never heard or even thought about who the namesake of the city was in all the years I visited this place. I was grateful to lend my voice in a small way last year (2019), among that of many other regional scholars, to support the Miami Tribe’s historical perspective on “Mad Anthony” Wayne and the origins of the city. Read the article to find out why. I haven’t visited since grandma died. When I can travel again, I’d like to take a trip to this place with my renewed vision. …..

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Chaco Canyon and Immersive Technology Pedagogy

Uncategorized / January 31, 2019 / No Comments

In October 2018, I made a day trip to Chaco Canyon after attending the Dine Studies Conference in Tsaile, Arizona. I brought one of my department’s new 360 degree cameras in order to create images that would encourage students to understand and experience of Chaco Canyon (850-1150CE) monumental architecture as a relational landscape.  This was my first time using such a specialized camera and I’m looking forward to creating this immersive experience for my students. My trip was made possible by my Adams Academy award stipend. I have now developed, implemented, and published a lesson plan using these images. You can review and download it at: https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:29521/ Contact me or …..

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Adams Academy Fellowship 2017-18

Uncategorized / January 19, 2019 / No Comments

In May of 2017, I was awarded a Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation Fellowship. This is one of the few opportunities I’ve found for non-tenure stream faculty to receive reward and recognition for their teaching. Since fall 2009, I have developed and taught 12 original courses, including two Integrative Arts and Humanities courses and two core curriculum courses.  Most recently, I created a new Latin American Arts course (Fall 2017) and an online History of Photography course to be launched in the summer of 2018.  Last spring, I decided it was time to seek formal affirmation of my achievements. Read more under my Teaching Tab…..http://smit1550.msu.domains/teaching/reflections-on-adams-academy-fellowship-experience-2017-18/

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Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference, Brock University, Ontario, August 2018

Uncategorized / January 19, 2019 / No Comments

In August of 2018, I attended the 5th annual Digital Pedagogy Institute conference at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. I was grateful for the funding of this trip by the Walter and Pauline Adams Academy fellowship stipend awarded to me this same year. I was basically looking for more digital teaching activities and resources.  The conference did not disappoint.  While DH conference panels still tend to be heavily made up of librarians, and literature, history, or science faculty, I gathered as much information as I could and imagined methods for incorporating them in a visual studies based context.  Read more posted under my Teaching Tab…..http://smit1550.msu.domains/teaching/digital-pedagogy-institute-conference-brock-university-ontario-august-2018/

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Picturing Others Workshop, April 2018

Uncategorized / April 20, 2018 / No Comments

This past year I joined a MSU research group that brought together colleagues from Art and Art History, French and Francophone Studies, and Latin American literary and cultural studies with a common interest in photography, visual culture, literature and others arts. The MSU four-member included colleagues from the Department of Art and Art History (Candace Keller, Laura Smith) and from the Department of Romance and Classical Studies (Safoi Babana-Hampton, Rocío Quispe-Agnoli).  Our Collaborative Research Project “Picturing Others: Indigenous Photography, (Self)Portraits, Preservation and Epistemic Disobedience” was funded by the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters. …..  Read more in my post under the Research tab.  

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