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College Art Association 2014
 Affiliated Session: Art Historians of Southern California
Thursday, February 13, 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: Boulevard C, 2nd Floor

The Coalition of the Art Association:
California Public Education and the Promise of the Humanities

Jane Chin Davidson, Chair
Cal State University, San Bernardino, Assistant Professor Art History, Visual Studies
Amelia Jones
McGill University, Professor/Grierson Chair in Visual Culture, Department of Art History & Communication Studies
Catherine Cole
University of CA, Berkeley, Professor, Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
Jennifer Doyle
University of CA, Riverside, Professor, Department of English
Jennifer Gonzalez
University of CA, Santa Cruz, Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture
Sandra Esslinger
Mt. San Antonio College, Professor, Department of History /Art History
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The 2009 University of California Budget Crisis Teach-in and Walkout – inaugurated by T.J. Clark and Catherine Cole’s speeches at UC Berkeley – became the emblematic rally for the revival of the ideals of the public university. In review of the aftermath, can economic “crisis” serve as a mobilizing call to action, especially when the economy is now considered to have returned to “normal”? The aim of this roundtable is to address issues of legislation, labor and class within the academy whilst finding ways to acknowledge the value of the Humanities in university education. In our role as Visual Art and Humanities professors, our membership in the Art Association has long been the organizing principle of our potential solidarity. The perpetual decline of Art History/Visual Studies has recently led to public scrutiny of the centralized leadership of the College Art Association (see CAA Blog, “An Open Letter to Victoria H.F. Scott Regarding the CAA,” February 8, 2013). In light of the continuing need for political advocacy, the leadership of the art association could provide a means for organizing coalition and for affecting the status of the Humanities by bringing greater representation and awareness to both academic and public spheres.

The affiliated session of the Art Historians of Southern California convenes a roundtable discussion among professors of Art History/ Visual Studies/Humanities who have represented the California system – California Community Colleges, the California State University CSUs, and the University of California (UCs).

Many thanks to our sponsors: Cengage Learning, Chapman University, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Pearson Publishing, Scholars Resource, Sprixel Web Design, Thames & Hudson