Weaving Fragments: On The Connoisseurship of Italian Renaissance Tapestry Cartoons

The Humanities Department cordially invites you to October’s Works-in-the-Works event


In this talk Prof. McAuliffe will examine the design of sixteenth-century European tapestries and the cartoons, or full-size colored drawings, that were used as models in the workshops of Flemish weavers. The artists Raphael (1483–1520) and Giulio Romano (1499–1546) were the most influential Italian tapestry designers of the sixteenth century. This talk will highlight how their influence led to confusion regarding the date and authorship of surviving cartoon fragments by copyists and followers.

Faculty, Students and Staff are invited. Refreshments served.

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Humanities Seminar: Works in the Works: Exploring Persuasion in Health Communication (from Stating to “Shoulding”) A Talk by David Lee

[icon name=”calendar” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016

[icon name=”clock-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

[icon name=”map-marker” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Location: A631


Globalization, migration, extreme weather events and multilingual populations present a need for better Health Communication. Public health campaigns are always trying new ways to reach target populations but these days people are bombarded with a cacophony of health related messages and it’s harder to break through the clutter. Understanding health promotion campaigns involves surfacing assumptions about what it is that communication can do beyond information transfer. Messages can state facts but also contain implicit instructions to the audience. This brisk introduction to communication pragmatics covers modal verbs (should or must), enthymemes (logical proofs missing a conclusion) and “indirect directives,” which are forms of advice stated as propositions. Examples from health campaign ads and science center exhibits are used to illustrate.


Faculty and students are invited.