Fairfield University’s Dr. Philip Eliasoph— New York Times Curriculum Leader for Arts & Visual Culture

Media Contact: Susan Cipollaro, scipollaro@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000, ext. 2726

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Aug. 29)— Fairfield University announces that Professor of Art History & Visual Culture, Philip Eliasoph, PhD, has begun his new assignment for the New York Times global higher education platform: inEducation.  He will be contributing three blog posts weekly as the Times’ Faculty Consultant for the newly designated Arts & Visual Culture pages.

The New York Times, used widely by faculty in classrooms across the U.S., reaches hundreds of universities and colleges around the world daily with its inEducation online platform —integrating college coursework, and connecting academic institutions to New York Times content, while engaging and inspiring students. InEducation is driven by the New York Times’ commitment to reach the next generation of readers, and spans educational efforts to increase readership among students in elementary school through college and beyond.

According to the New York Times, the inEducation Arts & Visual Culture page, "engages and empowers pathways to appreciate the history of art while contextualizing the current cultural zeitgeist expressed in visual media, museum exhibits, art market trends, architectural heritage, style and design."

In one of his first posts, “New Evidence on van Gogh’s Ear Continues Debate on Painter’s Mental State,” in conjunction with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum current in-depth exhibition: “On the Verge of Insanity,” Eliasoph discusses how the exhibit “explores the historical and medical context of the iconic Dutch artist’s severing of his left ear,” in his analytical article summary. Curriculum enriching prompts for faculty to challenge their students, follow each post.

“We are very proud that Dr. Eliasoph has been selected to be featured as a New York Times Arts & Visual Culture Consultant,” said Lynn Babington, PhD, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She continued, “This appointment recognizes Philip’s long history of bringing art and culture to the community. His blogs will undoubtedly provoke interesting conversations in the classroom.”

In addition to Arts & Visual Culture, inEducation features areas of study including American Government, Biology, Campaigns & Elections, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Microeconomics, Leadership, Population Health & Nursing and Religious Studies. InEducation offers faculty driven General Instructional Strategies to promote student achievement across disciplines and incorporate The Times into curriculum, as well as out of the classroom Co-Curricular Activities linked to student outcomes.

New York Times Education Partners include the Council of Independent Colleges, International Studies Abroad (ISA), American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the International Leadership Association.

Dr. Eliasoph was appointed in 1975 as the first full-time Art Historian to join Fairfield University’s faculty in the early years of the Fine Arts Department, now Visual & Performing Arts. He is founder and moderator of the “town hall” public affairs series at Fairfield, Open Visions Forum, and has published numerous books, exhibition catalogs and articles on the mid-century Magic Realists painters including Paul Cadmus, Robert Vickrey and Colleen Browning.  Eliasoph’s latest book, Adolf Dehn’s Manhattan: Rhapsody in Blue, traces the career of a forgotten artist and will be adjunct to the Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall Galleries, winter 2017 exhibition, “Dehn’s Manhattan Observed at Mid-Century.”

A lifelong public arts advocate, serving by appointment of the Governor on the Commissioner for the State of Connecticut's Arts Division, Eliasoph was recently elected as a Trustee for the Connecticut Arts Foundation. In 2008 he was honored with the Fairfield Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and recognized by Bridgeport’s Congregation B’nai Israel for Community Leadership last May.

For more information about inEducation and access to the Arts & Visual Culture page, please visit: http://nytimesineducation.com/welcome/


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