February 27, 2001

Images in the Service of Education

Please join us for the fourth meeting of the University Seminar on New Media Teaching and Learning. It will focus on the integration of digital images into two separate fields of study. Presenters will include Stephen Murray, Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia. Also joining us will be Ahmet Sinav, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Office of Scholarly Resources, and Ewa Soliz, Curriculum Design Studio Office of Scholarly Resources.

Stephen Murray is professor and past chair of Art History and Archaeology and executive director of the Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation. Before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 1986, Dr. Murray taught at the University of Indiana at Bloomington (where he was the first director of the School of the Arts) and Harvard University. He was educated at Oxford University's Keble College and the University of London's Courtauld Institute. Dr. Murray is currently a fellow at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Studies in the Social and Behaviorial Sciences where he is preparing publications that consider the narratives of Gothic. Through his books, films, and media products, Dr. Murray has worked to animate the great Gothic cathedrals of France--most notably Paris, Amiens, Troyes, and Beauvais.

Projects include:
  • Neuroanatomy Atlas
  • Pathology Atlas
  • Eye Orbit Project
  • Histology Atlas
  • Dissection Atlas demo
  • Pelvis Lecture Media Library (proof-of-concept/prototype)
  • The Media Center for Art History, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation was founded in 1995 with a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Media Center provides the opportunity for distinguished members of the Columbia University faculty to project a particular perspective on a great work of art to a large audience using appropriately sophisticated visual techniques. More broadly, the Media Center supports the research and teaching of Columbia University art historians, archaeologists, and architectural conservators through projects that consider material culture, vision, media, and pedagogy. The range of interests encompasses the political, environmental, demographic, economic, legal, cultural, philosophical, interpretive, engineering, and preservation issues concerning humanity's legacy of images, objects, artifacts, sculpture, buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites. The Media Center is working jointly with the newly established Center for Archaeology and field projects in Egypt, France, Italy, Spain, the United States, and Yemen. With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Media Center is collaborating with a group of outstanding scholars beyond Columbia to develop the skills of students to observe carefully, evaluate critically, and communicate effectively through the study of key cultural and archaeological sites.