Wednesday II Programs
Unless otherwise noted, all presentations will take place in the Heinig Emeriti Lounge, second floor, Walwood Hall at 2 p.m.
March 12, 2014
Bruce M. Haight, “The Woodcarving of Lamidi Fakeye: Four Generations of Yoruba Masters and Apprentices”
WMU has been associated with the Nigerian wood sculptor, Lamidi Fakeye, since 1960 when Isabel and Fred Beeler and other members of a WMU A.I.D. (Agency for International Development) team helping to create a science polytechnic first met him. This began a fortunate collaboration that was to endure nearly 50 years. Over the decades the Beelers purchased Lamidi’s works for display in Bigelow Hall, President James Miller commissioned two veranda posts, and finally in 1998 President Haenicke arranged for the purchase of the medical door that hangs in the Sindecuse Health Center.
Trustee Al Connable was supportive throughout. From 1983-1999, and again in 2009, Bruce Haight collaborated with Lamidi on many lecture/demonstrations at WMU and West Michigan, as well as around the country at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Met in New York, and in 1999 at the National Museum of Natural History – the Smithsonian where they also had a year-long exhibition of Lamidi’s works (including WMU’s medical door which was described 15 years ago as belonging to “The Medical School of the University of Western Michigan”. (This may have been the first reference to our medical school.)
Haight has also curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently at the Muskegon Museum of Art “The Woodcarvings of Lamidi Fakeye: Four Generations of Yoruba Masters and Apprentices.” A number of WMU faculty loaned pieces for that show. Today’s lecture will focus on pieces that appeared in that show with special attention to WMU’s role in their collection. All who own a piece of sculpture by Lamidi Fakeye and/or his apprentices are urged to bring it to the talk so that those present can better appreciate the artistry.
April 9, 2014
Lawrence Schlack, “John Dewey Comes to WMU: The Campus School and Progressive Education”
When the elementary classroom wing of the Campus School was constructed in 1915 John Dewey’s progressive education philosophy was in full bloom. This presentation will describe the design, construction and curriculum of the elementary wing and how it reflected the Dewey philosophy over the ensuing decades.
May 14, 2014
Sharon Carlson, “Regional Treasures: Introducing the Zhang Legacy Collections Center”
The site tour will feature behind-the-scenes information about the plan, implementation and move of 30,000 cubic feet of some of Southwest Michigan’s premiere cultural resources. NOTE: this program is at the Center off Oakland Drive.