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The 2003 Charles Fowler Colloquium on Innovation in Arts Education: "Cultures in Counterpoint: The Arts as Intercultural Dialogue"

The 2003 Charles Fowler Colloquium was conducted in conjunction with a campus-wide exploration of the Cultures in Counterpoint theme, inspired by the reverberations from an era of dynamic coexistence among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in medieval Spain, called al-Andalus. Performances on the stages of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center during the days of this Colloquium will feature music, theatre, and dance highlighted these cultures. Colloquium participants were given tickets to attend the performances as a backdrop to considerations of creative coexistence through the arts in today's world.

This Colloquium explored the role of the arts and arts education in promoting intercultural dialogue. Through a program included formal addresses, small-group discussions, concerts and exhibitions, participants examined how arts education can build and inform intercultural understanding. The planners of this Colloquium feel that helping young people experience the arts in ways that lead them to honor different ethnic, religious, political, and socio-economic backgrounds is central to the mission of arts education.

About the Speakers

James A. Banks

Russell F. Stark University Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington

A leader in multicultural education and past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Professor Banks has written extensively on multicultural and social studies education. He is editor of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, 2nd edition (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and Multicultural Education, Transformative Knowledge, and Action (Teachers College Press, 1996).

Read Professor Banks' paper, "Teaching for Global Literacy, Global Citizenship, and Social Justice."

Benjamin R. Barber

Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society and Wilson H. Elkins Professor, University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative, New York

An internationally renowned political theorist, Professor Barber is the author of the best seller Jihad Versus McWorld (1995 with a post-9/11 edition in 2001) and the recently published Fear's Empire: Terrorism, War and Democracy (W.W. Norton 2003). He has consulted widely with political and civic leaders in the United States and Europe and “brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, culture and education in America and abroad.”

Dr. Barber's paper, "The Arts and Civic Education in an Era of Interdependence," is not available online.

Nancy Cantor

Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair of the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education, Chancellor Cantor specializes in the fields of personality and social psychology, and personality and cognition. In 2003-2004, the Chancellor's office will support, among other events, the Brown Jubilee Commemoration (a full year of activities commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium: “Renewing the Dream: A New Season, A New Reason.”

Read Dr. Cantor's paper, "Moving Together: The Arts in Higher Education."

Joyce Scott

Visual and Performance Artist, Baltimore

A descendant of African American, Native American, and Scottish quilters, storytellers, basket makers, and wood, metal and clay workers, Scott has exhibited and performed internationally. In addition to her formal art education (BFA in Art Education from Maryland Institute, College of Art and her MFA in Crafts at Mexico's Institute Allende), she has studied the art of Native Americans, West Africans, Central American Cuna Indians, Asians, and Mexicans through her extensive travels. She has been called “the most powerful artist in America when it comes to addressing issues of race, gender, sexuality and violence” (Robert Silberman, art writer for American Craft.)

Joyce Scott's paper, "Kickin' It: Revisiting the Thirty-year Retrospective Exhibition of Joyce J. Scott that Challenged Intercultural Barriers and Political Correctness," is not available online. Abstract: "Kickin' It with the Old Masters" was a show in 2000 at the Baltimore Museum of Art described at this Arts 4 All People Website. Ms. Scott says she was given "most of the museum to address my ideas of race, gender, age, love, and stereotypes in conflict through visual art and performance. The exhibition was more than a display of my personal artistic history, it was designed to be an educational challenge." The Fowler Colloquium "Kickin' It" lecture/performance will employ images from the exhibition and Ms. Scott's one-person performances. She says, "A constant, sometimes underlying, topic of race and its never-ending prism permeate."


Carolina Robertson

Professor, University of Maryland School of Music

Dr. Robertson advises national and international organizations on cultural policy in the arts. She has written on a wide range of topics, including social rituals and shamanic practice among the Mapuche Indians of Argentina; the concept of artistry and the process of composition among the Kassena-Nankani of northern Ghana; the embodiment of gender in Hawaiian chant and dance; and the effect of sound on physiology. A former President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Professor Robertson has taught at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia in Buenos Aires, Columbia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Tuskeegee Institute.


  • Barbara Baker - Director of Vocal Activities, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Loren E. Bucek - Scholar/Educator, Dance Educator, Arts IMPACT Middle School, Columbus, Ohio Public Schools
  • Steven Gibson - Principal, Hamilton Middle School, Baltimore City, Maryland
  • Renee Sandell - Art Education Consultant and Professor, Art Education, Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Robert Smith - Associate Professor, Communications and Theatre Arts Department, Salisbury University, Maryland


  • Flory Jagoda and Friends - sephardic music
  • The Folger Consort and friends - music from Al-Andalus
  • Nathan the Wise - A reader's theatre production of an adaptation of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's play
  • Sharq - Arab-American ensemble performing traditional Arabic classical music