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FRN Tribute to Louis Delsarte:
Renowned Artist and Long-Time Scholar in Residence
The Faculty Resource Network wishes to pay special tribute to its long-time participant and resident scholar, Louis Delsarte, the artist renowned for his abstract expressionism, fantasy, and symbolism, who passed away on May 2, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dubbed “a painter for the people,” Delsarte often expressed his “love for faces and forms,” and stated in a September 2018 interview that his work, organic and spontaneous, emerged from his imagination.
Delsarte received his BFA from the Pratt Institute and his MFA from the University of Arizona. His much-acclaimed work is exhibited throughout the country, at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Camille Hanks Crosby Museum at Spelman College, and Harvard Art Museum, among many other notable museums and galleries. His mural projects, including the 129-foot mural “Dreams, Visions and Change,” dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King in Atlanta, garnered the strong support of the King family. And, his monumental public mural “Spirit of Harlem” stands prominently on 125th Street in New York City. Delsarte also served as an associate professor in the creative and performing arts department at Morehouse College, a role he deemed of great significance.
His extraordinary talent and his “love for faces and forms,” evidenced both in his completed works and in the sketches he continually made in his ubiquitous sketchbook, often captured his fellow FRN Scholars in Residence. His genuine interest in his fellow scholars, his understated and quiet demeanor, his warm smile, and his wry sense of humor, deeply endeared him to his fellow FRN scholars. The mutual affection and interest displayed by the scholars in Louis Delsarte and his work cannot be overstated. His loss is keenly felt by all those who were fortunate enough to share periods of FRN residencies with him and to cultivate lasting friendships. As observed by his fellow FRN scholars, “his presence brightened our world at FRN”; “we were all very fortunate to know him and benefit from his talent and spirit.”
How to Publish an Academic Book or College Textbook Workshop
Dear FRN Faculty,
The audio and transcript for the Publishing Workshop held at NYU on February 27th is now available. Those who attended had the opportunity to engage in conversation about how to publish an academic book or college textbook. The workshop was led by Dr. Robert DiYanni, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, and Instructional Consultant at the Center for Faculty Advancement. DiYanni has published 40 books with major publishers including Random House, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Pearson, and Princeton University Press.
Teaching for Social Justice with Comics at SXSW 2020
Three diverse comic-nerd-educators come together to explore comics as a cultural and educational lens – allegories for society, reflections of self, and fantasies of change in the classroom and the world. As a subversive artform itself, we rethink comic’s role beyond children’s literacy into a framework of social justice education for all learners through specific texts (Black Panther, La Borinqueña, X-Men, and more), films, TV, and participatory fan culture including fanart and cosplay.