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Teaching and Learning from a Painting by Velazquez

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alexander Nemerov (Photo by Bob Richman)
Alexander Nemerov (Photo by Bob Richman)

The classroom is often idealized as a place where an older person transmits knowledge - maybe even sometimes wisdom - to younger people. The dream is worth believing in, but is it possible? Alexander Nemerov, the chair of Stanford’s Art and Art History Department, will reflect on the possibilities and impossibilities of teaching and learning through the use of Diego Velazquez’s painting, the Water Carrier of Seville. Professor Nemerov has taught this painting in a Stanford course called “Dangerous Ideas,” about the role of the humanities in shaping our lives.

Please note this event is at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

A Zoom link and instructions will be provided to all registrants via email on June 10.
This event will be recorded.


Alexander Nemerov
 is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities and the department chair. Every fall he teaches Art 1B, “How to Look at Art and Why,” which is one of the most popular humanities courses at Stanford. Named one of Stanford’s top ten professors by the Stanford Daily, he has also been called “Stanford’s art history preacher.” He is the author of many books on American and European art and culture and has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. Recently he was featured in The Price of Everything, an HBO documentary about the art world.

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