Dr. Robert Frakes (Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities) recently presented a paper at the International Seminar on Ancient Legal History and Papyrus Research in Memory of Dieter Nörr at the University of Munich.
The seminar was organized by Professor Dr. Johannes Platschek of the Leopold Wenger Institute for Legal History at the University of Munich to honor the memory of the late Professor Nörr (a leading scholar of Roman legal history who died in 2017). Twelve scholars (from universities in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States) presented at the seminar. Frakes’ paper was on the Medieval reception of the mysterious law book known as theCollatio Legum Mosaicarum et Romanarum (“The Collation of the Laws of Moses and of the Romans”) or Lex Dei (“The Law of God”). Regarding the seminar,
Frakes said “Presenting a paper forces you to move ahead with your research agenda and gives you a chance to interact with other scholars in the field (in this case leading scholars from around the world). Professor Nörr played an important role in my scholarly life as my host at the University of Munich when I held an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, and I appreciate the chance to participate in the seminar held in his memory.”
On January 14, 2019, students from the “Holocaust and Its Impact” and “U.S. History since 1865” classes braved the winter conditions to visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. With generous support from the Office of Campus Programming, Extended Education, and the Dean’s Office of Arts and Humanities, these students spent the day enriching their course studies with a tour of artefacts and an opportunity to dialogue with a 92-year-old survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
History professor Jenny Andreotti and Religious Studies professor Liora Gubkin prepared students for the visit through their course studies.
Megan Briley, one of the Holocaust course students who visited, reflected on her experience. “This trip made a huge impact on me and my understanding of the Holocaust. It is so horrifying to realize that so many individuals suffered in unimaginable ways during the Holocaust. The most impactful part of the museum tour was hearing from the Holocaust survivor and learning her stories about her time at Auschwitz. It was heart breaking to hear about how she lost her family and how she watched her sister get put into a different line, not understanding her fate. She also spoke about the good people that helped her during that time and I found that especially moving that she remembered the good people during the horror that she had to endure. The museum, the Holocaust survivor, and the tour really put the experiences of the Holocaust into perspective.”
Art Professor Sarah Vanderlip, invites everyone to view the student artwork from Art 3300: Sculpture and Art 4300: Advanced Studio Topics 3D, located in the ART Dome near the Visual Arts Building.
Professor Vanderlip tells us, "I gave both classes the same assignment. Working off of Minimalism, they were each given one, 4 x 8 sheet of plywood and had to make a volumetric, geometric form that employed joinery and had to be finished in solid colors that enhanced the form. I am so unbelievably impressed with this body of work and this cohort of students. The effort they evinced shows how thoroughly they rose to the occasion!"