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Prof. Leslie Mechem Ladd 211 x5464
lmechem@skidmore.edu Office Hours: MWF 10-11:00
Peer Mentor: Hillary Reder Wait 135 Phone: 857 919 3325
hreder@skidmore.edu Office Hours: TU 4-5 & TH 5-6 Spa


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[Sept] [Oct] [Nov] [Dec]

September

3: Introduction: What do you collect?

4: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic:

How to read a scholarly article
Hillary Reder

8: Theoretical Issues
What is collecting? What is looting?

ERESERVE READING: MacDonald, Collecting Practices
Zimmerman, Looting: an international view

 

9: Reception at President and Marie Glotzbach's home 4-5pm

10: Theoretical Issues
What is collecting? What is looting?

READING: Rhodes, Chapter 2 AECA
Rhodes, Chapter 5 AECA

11: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic: Note Taking and Time Management
Hillary Reder

15: History of Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 1
Selections from ancient authors, handout

17: History of Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 2
ERESERVE
READING:
Abt, Origins of the Public Museum

18: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic:

Oral Presentation Skills

Hillary Reder and Prof. Mechem

22: Bibliographic Instructional Session

Library: Yvette Cortes
READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 3

 

24: Tang Visit


25: The Elgin Marbles

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 4
ERESERVE
READING:
Hurwit, The Acropolis in the Age of Pericles

29: The Elgin Marbles

RESERVE
READING:
Fitz Gibbon, "The Elgin Marbles: A Summary" in Who Owns the Past?
READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 5

1: The Elgin Marbles: Debate

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 6
Websites: British Museum
Greek Position
1st Short Essay Due: Response to Tang Museum Visit
2: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic:

Writing Papers: Alex Rindler

6: Midterm

8: Preparation for local Museum Visit

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 7

9: Yom Kippur - No class

11: Trip to Local Museum

13: Presentations on Museum Visit

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 8

15: Presentations on Museum Visit

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 9
16: Fourth Credit Hour:

No class tonight
20:Presentations on Museum Visit

READING:

Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 10

22: The Troy Treasure

READING:

Fitton, Schliemann at Troy and Mycenae, handout
Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 11

RESERVE
READING:
Tolstikov, Gold of Troy: Searching for Homer's Fabled City

23: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic: Off Campus Study and Exchange:
Danika Vittoria

27: The Troy Treasure

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 12
Moorhead, Lost and Found: 9,000 Treasures of Troy, handout

29: Preparation for Metropolitan Museum of Art Trip

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 13

2nd Short Essay Due: Response to Local Museum Visit

30: Fourth Credit Hour

Topic: Advising and Registration:
Hillary Reder and Prof. Mechem

October

November

3: Modern-day Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 14
Mead, "Den of Antiquity" in The New Yorker

Today we'll explore the themes in the Medici Conspiracy through Chapter 14 and The New Yorker article.

5: Modern-day Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 15
Rhodes, Chapter 4, AECA

 

6: Dinner Prof. Mechem's House

8: Trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

10: Modern-day Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 16
Marks, "Dealers Speak" in Who Owns the Past?
White, "Building American Museums: The Role of the Private Collector" in Who Owns the Past?

12: The Legal Perspective

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 17
Gerstenblith, Chapter 3 in AECA
O'Connell, Chapter 6 in AECA
UNESCO Convention of 1970
, Appendix in AECA

 

13: Fourth Credit Hour

No class tonight

 

17: Modern-day Collecting

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 18
Rhodes, Chapter 7 in AECA

3rd Short Essay Due: Response to Metropolitan Museum Visit

19: New Models for Sharing Cultural Patrimony

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 19-20
Rhodes, Chapter 1 in AECA

 

20: Fourth Credit Hour

No class tonight

 

24: New Models for Sharing Cultural Patrimony

READING: Medici Conspiracy, Chapter 21-22
Merryman, "A Licit International Trade in Cultural Objects" in Who Owns the Past?

December

Wednesday 3: Presentation of Final Projects

Presenters: Nick, Archaic Grave Stele
Liz, New York Kouros
Lizzie, Herakles with Lion Skin
Emily, Man and Centaur

 

Thursday 4: Presentation of Final Projects: 6:30-8pm

Presenters: Lucy, Badminton Sarcophagus
Molly, Sleeping Eros
Katie, Amasis Lekythos
Hannah, Strigilated Marble Cinerary Urn

 

Monday 8: Presentation of Final Projects

Presenters: Colby, Trebonianus Gallus
Carolyn, Ganymede Jewellry
Rena, Old Market Woman
Jackie, Boscotrecase Frescoes

Wednesday 10: Presentation of Final Projects

Presenters: Bryn, Berlin Painter Stamnos
Ellie, Monteleone Chariot