CFP: [General] Black Mountain College panel

full name / name of organization: 
Rob McDonald
contact email: 
mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu

Seeking papers for a panel at the
American Culture Association in the South Conference

October 9-11, 2008
Louisville, Kentucky

The Black Mountain College Experiment: A 75th Anniversary Exploration

This panel will explore aspects of the history and legacy of Black
Mountain College, an experimental college founded in the mountains of
North Carolina, near Asheville, in 1933. The college was created to apply
Progressive-era democratic ideals, particularly as espoused by John Dewey,
in development of a curriculum and comprehensive educational “experience”
that would allow each student to pursue individual intellectual and
creative interests under the rigorous supervision of faculty mentors whose
most important credentials were themselves more experiential than
academic. Most notable in the college’s mission was the location of the
arts—literary, visual, and performing—at the very center of its conception
of a liberal arts education. Although the college closed in 1957, in
providing a home for many faculty and students who are recognized today as
central figures in literary and art history (Josef Albers, Charles Olson,
Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Franz Kline, just to name a few), Black
Mountain’s legacy is rich and ripe for study.

Submissions on all aspects of the Black Mountain College will be
considered; we're especially interested in explorations of work by notable
faculty and students.

Please send submissions(250-word abstracts or complete papers)
electronically, in Microsoft Word format, to

Dr. Rob McDonald
mcdonaldrl_at_vmi.edu
www.vmi.edu/SiAC

Deadline: June 30, 2008

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