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Winter Academy at BIG Arts to feature macroeconomics, law, art appreciation

By Staff | Dec 6, 2010

A Winter Academy series will launch at BIG Arts in January, with courses in economics, international law, art appreciation, religion and media studies.

Dr. Lawrence S. Davidson returns to Sanibel to teach two macroeconomic classes beginning in January.

Macro Economic Basics begins on Wednesday, Jan. 5 as a two-class introduction to the topic, and as a refresher for those who wish to update their economics knowledge. This course is paired with Macro Economic Policy Challenges Ahead, which begins on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The Macro Economic Policy Challenges course extends and updates the course Davidson taught for BIG Arts in 2010. The focus will be on how the U.S. and global macro economic outlook will be impacted by those factors that caused the recent recession and short-term and long-term policies designed to improve economic growth and stability.

Looking at Art with Professor Deborah Butler is for the lay person who wishes to understand the world of contemporary art. Butler will examine the purposes, elements, and ways to interpret art. This class begins on Monday, Feb. 14.

Beginning on Monday, March 14, Butler will teach Moments that Changed the History of Art, which will look at a few seminal works to see how past events have influenced artists.

Professor Sidney Picker’s International Law: The Unseen Foundation of International Relations will use contemporary and historical events to explore the impact and the limitations of international law on the behavior of sovereign states. Classes start on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Fractured Media, Fossilized Democracy: How Can We Tell Fact from Fiction? with Professor Carla Brooks Johnston begins on Friday, Feb. 18. This seminar will analyze the current dynamic between media, democracy and the American public. The class will explore options for the future: a better informed and involved public, more substantive news, and governance that can solve problems.

The Psychology and History of Religion with Dr. Randall H. Niehoff will use the classic guidelines of journalism to examine the practice of religion in order to heighten awareness of the significance of religion in human life. This class is full, but students may place their name on a waiting list by calling 395-0900.

All courses will meet in Phillips Gallery for three hours once a week, and will run for four weeks each. Enrollment in each class will be limited to 30 persons.

Full Winter Academy schedule is available online at www.BIGARTS.org or by contacting the main BIG Arts Center at 395-0900.

BIG Arts Workshops are sponsored by Sony Corporation of America.

For further information about workshops, classes and events at BIG ARTS, to purchase tickets, to sign up for workshops or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.