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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Goya Night

On November 21st Dr. Ortiz brought along some of her favorite Regis colleagues and students (not to mention her Hispanic Culture class) to the MFA to see the critically received "Goya: Order and Disorder" exhibit, which is the largest collection of the artist's works in North America in the past twenty five years. Dr. Ortiz was lucky enough to have seen both that original exhibit and this one. While the earlier exhibit focused on Goya's more naturalist portraits, this exhibit featured both his realist works as well as his more experimental, Romanticist paintings and sketches. 

Kerry and the two Sarahs outside of the MFA before the exhibit 



Group photo of everyone that attended the Goya exhibit



Me (above) giving a brief introduction to Goya before Dr. Ortiz's wonderful students present (below). As part of the work for their class, students attended the Goya exhibit, decorated, cooked, and presented at our "Goya Night" the week after Thanksgiving. Students focused on Goya's different styles, as well as how changes in his life influenced those styles. 




 The delicious cake one student made














 Some of the other delicious food Dr. Ortiz's students 
put together, including the best homemade
 flan this department has ever eaten 




Monday, January 26, 2015

NEMA Conference

It's been a while since our last post, but now that school has once again started it's back at it! The first in a series of posts where I try to catch up on all the events we had at the end of last semester is going to be focused on our department's recent trip to NEMA, the New England Museum Association. Professor Kathryn Edney, Karen Dropps, one of our 2014 graduates, myself, and our director, Dr. Raffaele Florio, attended the event. 

Karen had this to say about the conference: 


  • Back in November, I attended the NEMA annual conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts with several other members of the Heritage Studies department.  The conference was a three day gathering of over 1300 members of the museum field in New England.  I attended sessions on many subjects including, interactive exhibits, integrating core curriculum into exhibits, and graduate schools.  Overall it was a great few days in which I know I learned many new things and made some great new connections.  At our table, many interested participants were eager to learn more about our program at Regis College, and hopefully they may be members of the department in the future. 

The view of our conference bright and (super) early

-Ben

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Question for You

Here's a totally hypothetical question for you. Say, for example, that it is nearing the end of the semester. Say that you and everyone around you are losing your minds as finals draws ever near. Say that you really need something completely random and bizarre to get you through just one more middle of the week, slug-it-out-with-academia kind of moods. Would a completely nonsensical election help you through it? Let's say, oh, I don't know, that your department needed to decide which of the following two uplifting figures was going to be your new, unofficial program mascot. 

One is a Dancing Diva Cow whose fashion sense is entirely her own,
and whose extracurricular activities would leave any 
aspiring starlet jealous

The other is Paddington Panda Bear, a sassy, lovable visitor from the 
far east who, while he may not be able to procreate 
in captivity, is more than willing to lend out 
hugs where he can to whomever he can


Which one would you choose for this entirely hypothetical, not insane election? 

-Ben

Monday, November 3, 2014

Dia de los Muertos!


Our celebration was a success!

Thanks to the combined efforts of Heritage Studies and Campus Ministry our Dia de los Muertos celebration honored the spirits and then some. Some highlights of the night included a reflection and prayer courtesy of Sister Betsy, a presentation on the pagan, Latin American, and Catholic roots of Dia de los Muertos by Ben Remillard, and assorted presentations by Dr. Ortiz's seminar students. Of course, there was a copious amount of candy, drinks (including a deliciously warm cider brewed by our own Dr. Ortiz), and snacks courtesy of our department co-sponsors. The night was capped off with students trying their hands at sugar skull style face painting. A big thank you goes out to the 40+ people that showed up to our event.

Check out some of our pictures from the event below (check back for updates later in the week!)

Our brave intern Ana was the trendsetter of
the night thanks to her half-face painting






Amber, post-painting

Here, our resident artist Kerry is in the middle of one of
her many masterpieces of the night


The new face of our program?

For those of you who couldn't tell, that's Dr. Ortiz
behind the mask
Ana hard at work on our altar


The finished version
Dr Ortiz's students presenting an original song


Ana presenting as part of her Spanish seminar



Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Us!



The Heritage Studies department is going to be busy the next few days as it prepares for Dia de los Muertos. Be sure to check back in in a few days to see all the pictures from the setup and event!


-Ben

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PHI Wine

Ahhh, Dionysus. The patron Greek god of winemaking, wine, grape harvests, fertility, and of course, one of the patrons of our program. One of the most beautiful Greek gods to be sure, he gives inspiration to both the arts and revelry making around the world. 


Whoops, that's Hurley from "Lost," played by Jorge Garcia. 


There we go, that's Dionysus. Actually,.. I'm still having a hard time telling them apart.


Anyways, to get back to the point of this post, during the 2012-2013 school year Prof. Florio and his students made their own wine. Last spring we posted an update of that process after Margaret and some other students, both graduate and undergraduate, bottled some of the finished product. 



Some time had passed and there were fears that that nectar of the gods had started the slow but inevitable transformation into vinegar. Earlier this week Ana, Ben, and Prof. Florio took a trip down into the depths of College Hall to see how much of that delicious concoction we still had left. Turns out...it was a lot. While the three of them recovered four gallons worth of vino there is still about four good gallons left. Here's to a new year with good wine!























-Ben